Moran wins Canada Oaks
Davy Moran was back on domestic duty at Roscommon yesterday evening, after the Tipperary-born jockey made a memorable Classic breakthrough on Sunday night in Toronto, landing the Canadian Oaks aboard Roan Inish, writes Damien McElroy.
The 27-year-old lightweight rider, who is based in Jim Bolger's stable, has struck up a profitable association with Roan Inish, which emerged best in a tight finish to the Oaks at Toronto's Woodbine course on her favourite Polytrack surface.
Trained by fellow Tipperary native Carolyn Costigan, who previously worked with Bolger, the home-bred daughter of Elusive Quality and former Canadian champion Inish Glora saw out the nine furlongs of the Classic in style.
"She's very tough and got the trip well after running second for me in her prep race over seven furlongs. We also won at a mile last year, but I don't know if she'll get a mile and a quarter when I go back there for a big race against the colts," Moran explained.
The Oaks carried a prize fund of Canadain $500,000 with 350,000 to the winner, half of what's on offer in the Queen's Plate at Woodbine, on July 4.
And on his return to Roscommon last night, Moran had to settle for the runner-up spot aboard Ultra Cool in the opening claimer which was won by the Brian Nolan-trained favourite Strandhill.