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Sandiva and Stubbs secure Royal approval

ROYAL ASCOT juvenile clues were on offer at Naas yesterday, with Stubbs and Sandiva both winning impressively and booking their ticket for the big meeting.

Sandiva, trained by Richard Fahey, caught the eye on her Nottingham debut when successful by six lengths and was sent off the 7/4 favourite for the Coolmore Stud EBF Fillies' Sprint Stakes.

Pat Smullen was on board Sandiva and pulled two lengths clear of Jim Bolger's Heart Focus.

The Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot now looks the logical target.

Aidan O'Brien's Stubbs, son of Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, is showing surprising speed early in his career and set himself up for a possible crack at the Coventry Stakes when victorious in the Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes.

Jockey Joseph O'Brien jnr said: "It was a mess of a race and they only hacked for a furlong. He did well to come from last to first."

The O'Briens had earlier teamed up with Reply (2/1 favourite), a ready winner of the Listed Owenstown Stud Stakes.


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