Rose in bloom again after Guineas lesson
Kevin Prendergast'S Rose Bonheur may have found the company in the Irish 1,000 Guineas a bit hot, but the promising filly proved her class in yesterday's Listed Owenstown Stud Stakes at Naas.
Prior to her run in Classic company, the three-year-old had won over sprint distances at Tipperary and, in the colours of Lady Chryss O'Reilly, she showed seven furlongs was well within her range.
The 9/2 favourite travelled kindly throughout in the hands of Declan McDonogh and once asked to go about her business, Rose Bonheur swept clear, coming home two lengths ahead of Blaze Brightly.
It was the second leg of a quick-fire double for the trainer and jockey, having struck in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden with 13/2 shot Brown Butterfly.
Of Rose Bonheur, Prendergast said: "She won well. Her Guineas run was good. She was only beaten just over six lengths. Seven furlongs is probably her trip -- she would want to settle better to get that extra furlong. We'll probably go for a Group Three over seven furlongs next. There's a couple coming up over the next six weeks."
The Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes went to Richard Hannon's British raider Lilbourne Lad, which annihilated the home team.
The only ride on the card for Richard Hughes, the 9/4 chance was soon tanking along at the head of affairs and once the jockey went for home, his mount quickly put daylight between himself and his rivals and he was not hard pressed to come home six lengths clear of Snowflake Dancer.
"We have always liked him a lot," said assistant trainer, Richard Hannon Jnr. "We'll have to look at Ascot after that and he's also in a lot of the sales races."
Teolane recorded her second successive victory with a determined display in the Coolmore Stud EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes.
Jim Bolger's filly, a daughter of the yard's former champion juvenile Teofilo, was sent off the 11/10 favourite but Kevin Manning had to bustle her up into an early lead and, while she was off the bridle a fair way from home, she kept responding to beat Princess Sinead by two-and-a-half lengths.
The master of Coolcullen will now weigh up if his charge is worth sending to Royal Ascot next week.
"She's not certain to go to the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot as it might just be a little bit too close," Bolger explained. "If she doesn't go to Ascot, it could be Moyglare time before she runs again.
"She'll get any trip and could stay a mile and a half. She could be anything, the further she goes the better."
Cecil Ross' Six of Hearts squeezed between rivals under Sam James to strike in the www.thetote.com Community Raceday Handicap, while Jambalaya gave 16-year-old jockey Seamus Cronin his first winner when landing the seven-furlong handicap for trainer David Wachman.
It was Cronin's third ride and his boss was delighted. "Seamus gave him a good ride," said Wachman. "He is a good young lad and is nice and light."
Noel Meade and Johnny Murtagh teamed up well in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap when Leceile ran out an emphatic winner.