Wednesday 26 October 2016

Pleas not for catching

Published 13/05/2015 | 19:41

Pleascach is a class apart in the Blue Wind
Pleascach is a class apart in the Blue Wind

Pleascach stormed to victory in the Irish National Stud E.B.F. Blue Wind Stakes at Naas.

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Kevin Manning was still travelling powerfully some way out as previous winner Euphrasia came back to the field and readily brushed aside Newmarket runner-up Zannda to win hard-held.

Well in command over a furlong out, the 10-11 favourite was fully eight and a half lengths to the good of Dermot Weld's runner at the line.

Trainer Jim Bolger said: "She's a lovely, straightforward filly and came on a nice bit from Navan. Hopefully she'll keep on improving.

"I don't think a mile and a half will be a problem. I've always been impressed by her and I've some decisions to make now.

"Either it'll be back to a mile or up to a mile and a half. The Irish Guineas is a possible and she's in the Ribblesdale. She has many options. She's also in the Irish Oaks.

"She's in the Epsom Oaks, but that wouldn't be certain. She's a long-striding filly, but maybe her class would get her by. I wouldn't be huge on it at the moment, though.

"The Ribblesdale and the Irish Oaks is probably the most likely route.

"Lucida will go to Ascot for the Coronation. The extra couple of weeks won't be a harm to her."

The winner's effort added further lustre to a Listed event run at Navan last month, in which Bolger's charge was second to Jessica Harrington's Bocca Baciata, with subsequent Cheshire Oaks winner Diamondsandrubies in third.

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