Saturday 17 November 2018

Brazos plunders Navan feature for Murphy

Shane Foley in the winner’s enclosure after the victory of Brazos at Navan
Shane Foley in the winner’s enclosure after the victory of Brazos at Navan

Thomas Kelly

Brazos turned on the style to run out a clear-cut winner of the Irish Cesarewitch for trainer John Murphy and jockey Shane Foley at Navan.

The four-year-old foiled Willie Mullins' seven-strong team as he looked to follow up his win with Low Sun in the Newmarket equivalent on Saturday.

Sandymount Duke set the early pace in the two-mile affair, while there was drama when Like An Open Book came down, taking out the Aidan O'Brien-trained Cliffs Of Doneen before the race hotted up.

Brazos (16/1) took the lead over a furlong out and went to land the spoils by a length and a quarter from Davids Charm. Mr Everest was a length away third, with Nessun Dorma first home of the Mullins party in fourth.

Foley said: "He relished the trip and the ground. He wears the blinkers, but they're only on as he's just bone idle. I'd a lovely trip around and he's won well."

All The King's Men produced a gallant performance from the front to take Listed honours in the Legacy Stakes.

Seamie Heffernan, who enjoyed a double at Newmarket on Saturday, grabbed the rail on O'Brien's son of No Nay Never, who found plenty as challengers looked to be queuing up.

In the end the 8/1 chance looked to be going away again in beating Recon Mission by a length and three-quarters. The winner's stablemate Never Mo More was sent off the even-money favourite, but finished out of the places.

Peach Tree returned to her best to give O'Brien a Listed-race double in the Staffordstown Stud Stakes.

The daughter of Galileo had run well in the face of some stiff tasks this season, with the exception of last time in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster, where she was disappointing.

Bouncing back from that, Donnacha O'Brien's mount kept on well as the 5/2 favourite when hitting the front, getting the better of the running-on Tarnawa by a length and three-quarters.

Medicine Jack emerged victorious for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane in an eventful running of the Waterford Testimonial Stakes.

The O'Brien-trained Lost Treasure was sent off the 2/1 favourite and looked to have done enough when hitting the front late in the day.

However, Medicine Jack (16/1) rallied with the post looming, and got the Listed verdict by a short head.

Irish Independent

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