Warrior books Ebor ticket
Published 31/07/2015 | 20:02
Royal Ascot hero Clondaw Warrior starred on the fifth day of the Galway Festival as he burst clear to take the valuable Guinness Handicap and earn a tilt at the Ebor at York.
Successful in the two-and-a-half-mile Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting under Ryan Moore, the Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old dropped back a mile in trip and was produced to perfection by rising star Jack Kennedy, bursting clear from the turn.
Showing no signs of stopping from there, the 4-1 winner had a ready length and a half in hand of 7-2 favourite Golden Spear.
Mullins said: "He's improving all the time, the plan was the Galway Hurdle, but he wasn't good enough to get in on ratings this year.
"When I looked at this race I thought for the money it wasn't really sharp, we had a good apprentice in Jack on his first ride for me and he was very good on him.
"He didn't get flustered, he waited for the gaps and took them when they came. He sat and waited for the race to unfold and when it did the horse had the gears.
"Last September he won here and we know about horses for courses at Galway.
"I'd imagine he'll probably go for the Ebor if he gets in, if I can just freshen him up again that will be the plan. It's a lovely prize."
Kennedy, partnering his 17th winner having been riding for three months, said: "It was brilliant, it's nice to get on the board and in a big handicap and for Willie on my first ride for him is great.
"He travelled brilliantly, he carried me everywhere. If anything I probably got there a bit too soon, but he stayed galloping."