Tuesday 17 January 2017

Rome rules for Wachman

Published 09/04/2011 | 05:00

David Wachman opened his account for the season in style at Dundalk last night when Imperial Rome pulverised his rivals in the mile handicap for three-year-olds.

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The son of Holy Roman Emperor was always travelling sweetly, and put the race to bed in a matter of strides when sent about his business over a furlong out by Wayne Lordan.

The talented colt drew clear to justify favouritism to record a five-length victory over Crystal Belle.

Earlier, John Oxx's Emiyna got punters off to a good start when justifying strong support in the seven-furlong three-year-old maiden.

The 5/4 favourite challenged wide in the straight under Johnny Murtagh, but only got on top well inside the final furlong to beat Aidan O'Brien's well-bred newcomer Ballroom by a length.

Pat Smullen showed his hunger for winners is as strong as ever when getting the Dermot Weld-trained Enchanted Evening (5/1) home in front in the fillies winners-of-one mile event.

The race developed into something of a sprint in the straight, and Smullen had his mount in a prominent position to hold off the late surge of Face Reality by a head with joint favourite Deire Na Sli just a neck away in third.

Private Ryan provided Maynooth trainer John Geoghegan with a welcome change of luck when taking the mile apprentice handicap in the hands of Sam James.

The 14/1 outsider led just over a furlong out before staying on well to beat Suspect Device by three quarters of a length.

Irish Independent

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