Kingsbarns usurped by sharp Qewy
Published 02/04/2014 | 17:37
Kingsbarns could finish only third as Qewy made all of the running to spring a surprise in the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown.
The 2012 Racing Post Trophy winner held every chance but could not get to the John Oxx-trained 11-1 outsider of five in the rain-softened ground.
Qewy kept pulling out more for Declan McDonogh and got the verdict by three-quarters of a length from Pop Art, who took second spot from 4-6 favourite Kingsbarns.
"He won his maiden in Navan last year very well and he probably didn't go on the quick ground in the summer. He went on that ground very well," said McDonogh.
"You'd have to like him there. He might run well in the Gladness Stakes (at the Curragh next month) or something like that."
Kingsbarns was not the only high-profile Aidan O'Brien horse to flounder in the difficult conditions as Johann Strauss also had to settle for minor honours earlier on the card.
Runner-up in last season's Racing Post Trophy, the 4-5 favourite could finish only third after a troubled run in the Ross Nugent Foundation Maiden.
One of O'Brien's Classic prospects, he was held up as stablemate Illusive and Le Troisieme Gris set the pace.
Joseph O'Brien made his move early in the straight and went for a gap on the inside but it was closed by Kevin Manning on the eventual winner Fiscal Focus (5-2).
Jim Bolger's colt just held Boqa by a nose, with Johann Strauss a never-nearer third, another length and three-quarters away.
"He got through the ground but we won't know how good he is until he gets better ground," said Bolger.
"He's a good sort - I like him and I think he has prospects.
"He doesn't lack toe and it's possible he could come back in trip too."
The narrowly-beaten Boqa, is trained by Tommy Stack, who took the Bulmers Live at Leopardstown Summer Racedays 2014 Fillies Maiden with the newcomer Waltzing Matilda (3-1) under Wayne Lordan.
The daughter of Danehill Dancer is likely to return to the Dublin track for the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial on May 11.
Stack's son and assistant, Fozzy, said: "They didn't go much of a gallop and it turned into a sprint which wasn't ideal.
"She wants a mile and a quarter - she's quite nice but she's still big, raw and green. She can only improve.
"I was going to enter her in the Athasi Stakes but I thought it was a bit short for her.
"She'll probably come back here for the Guineas Trial."