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Bewitched feels joy of six furlongs at Naas

The Charles O'Brien-trained Bewitched relished the return to six furlongs when landing Listed honours in the ITBA & Gain Horse Feeds Support Local Racetracks EBF Sweet Mimosa Stakes at Naas.

A winner in the same grade at Haydock back in May, the three-year-old daughter of Dansili had since found the minimum trip too sharp at Ayr and the step up to seven furlongs a little too demanding at Fairyhouse.

Back over her optimum distance, the 6/1 chance travelled sweetly in the middle of the pack under Johnny Murtagh and she burst through at the furlong marker to challenge Swiss Diva.

The winner edged across to the inside rail when placed under maximum pressure in the closing stages but she beat David Elsworth's raider by three-quarters of a length, with another British challenger, market leader Prescription, back in third.

O'Brien said: "We rode her a bit differently, she tanked a bit the last day at Fairyhouse so we missed the break on purpose with her today. We'll try and stick to fillies' races and we'll travel if we have to."

Fencing Master was a major disappointment in the Declan O'Brien Decompaction Company Supporting Naas Hurdling Club Race. Sent off at 1/3, the Oratorio colt was taken by the unbeaten Wade Giles (7/2) for a cosy three-length success.

It was a second odds-on reverse in a row for Aidan O'Brien and Murtagh after Enchanted Forest was turned over at 1/4 in the mile maiden.


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