Thursday 19 July 2018

Bright future for impresive Bear

Bear Cheek winning at the Curragh
Bear Cheek winning at the Curragh

Bear Cheek looked a high-class prospect as she maintained her perfect record in the Curragh Stakes.

An easy winner of a Naas maiden first time out, the Ger Lyons-trained filly tracked the trailblazing Dr Doro before unleashing a smart turn of foot when Colin Keane pushed the button a furlong out.

Independence Day tried to match her move but was always second best and the winner justified 13-8 favouritism in the Group Three event with a length and a half to spare.

"She's a little bundle of speed - she's all speed at the moment and five furlongs is her trip," said Lyons.

"We'll keep the lid on her and switch her off and start again when she comes home.

"The problem is that over this trip in Ireland there are no races for them. I'll study the programme abroad.

"We went to Doncaster last year (with Ainippe), but it didn't work out. She's faster than her, though.

"We're after landing a Group Three and it's fantastic, but there were no races after she won her maiden in Naas and she had to come straight into a Group race.

"If you are not that good it's hard, but we thought she was that good and she's done it well.

"She has a lovely temperament at home, but I thought she was a little buzzy today. I don't want to blow her head and with her speed we might concentrate on next year. I'll discuss it with the lads."

Coolmore made an encouraging start to her career, despite having to settle for third in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

The well-touted sister to Gleneagles and Marvellous was backed down to 8-15 favouritism and raced at the back of the field through the early stages under Joseph O'Brien.

She was labouring halfway down the straight but picked up nicely once the penny dropped and finished best of all to make the frame, just three-quarters of a length behind Dermot Weld-trained 9-1 winner Zalfana, with Ceol An Ghra splitting them.

Weld said: "I expected her to run very well and I thought she did it nicely. She's a lovely staying filly in the making.

"She'll probably have one more run in the Staffordstown Stud Stakes in mid-October here.

"I think she'll be a very progressive filly. The one thing that would stop her running would be soft ground as she has a good action.

"She loved the ground today and I think she'll progress along the right lines."

7lb claimer Denis Linehan partnered Hes Our Music to a two-and-a-half-length success over Katimavik in trhe Irish Times Handicap, while Three Colours Red beat High Kicker by the same margin to land the Longines World Fegentri Championship For Lady Riders Handicap.

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