Sunday 4 December 2016

Winning return for Joe

Published 17/05/2015 | 19:21

Joe Eile (right) slips into the lead on the rails
Joe Eile (right) slips into the lead on the rails

Joe Eile made a successful return to racing in Ireland after a winless stint in England when he profitted from a rails draw in the navanraceourse.ie Handicap at Navan.

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The 10-1 shot, coming off a 295-day absence, took a definite advantage a furlong out and was kept up to his work by Colin Keane to score by half a length from In Salutem.

It was the seven-year-old's first victory since he dead-heated with Bubbly Bellini at Navan in June 2013, and the same rival finished third this time, a further short head away.

Lyons said: " That's nice. He was over in England for a year and dropped a bit in the ratings. He didn't win over there and they tend to drop them quicker than they do over here. That was the winning of the race.

"He had been working well at home but I thought he might come on for it and that maybe the five here might be a bit sharp for him. Hopefully he'll be a good sprinter this year for the lads who own him from Clane."

Joseph O'Brien feels Ivanovich Gorbatov, trained by his father Aidan, could be the type for the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot after the Montjeu colt opened his account in the Excelebration Maiden.

The 9-2 shot was driven into the lead two furlongs out and kept going strongly to beat Torcedor by a length and a half.

The jockey said: "He quickened up nicely but was a bit green. They went a good gallop and the race worked out for him. He could be one for the Queen's Vase."

The O'Briens doubled up in much the same way when Derby entry Jinsha Lake (11-8 favourite) took the Pour Moi EBF Maiden, finishing a length and a half ahead of Chenega Bay.

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