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Sunday 26 January 2020

Dance With Another delivers opening honours at the Curragh

Jockey Joseph O'Brien
Jockey Joseph O'Brien

Record-breaking Joseph O'Brien was off to a good start once again at the Curragh by helping Dance With Another home in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden.

The jockey broke Mick Kinane's 20-year mark of 115 winners in an Irish season last week and forged further clear on another of Ballydoyle's well-related juveniles.

Carrying the less frequently seen colours of Mrs Richard Henry, Dance With Another (3-1) had taken a marked step forward when third over course and distance last month but needed to be pushed right out to stave off Achnaha by three-quarters of a length.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien, Joseph's father, said: "She is progressing with her runs and has been coming on.

"When she got to the front she just veered around a bit though and Joseph said she probably wants to get there later, her dam was a bit like that also.

"She probably won't run again this year but we'll start her off early next year. She'll stay well and should handle a dig in the ground."

It was more of the same for the O'Briens as Sparrow took another Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden, over six furlongs rather than a mile this time.

Some focus was on the racecourse debut of New Approach's full-sister Prudent Approach, but she dropped away slightly tamely after showing up well for the first two-thirds of the race.

Sparrow, the 4-9 favourite, finished three lengths in front of Dance With Another on her previous start and was far too good as she cruised two and three-quarter lengths clear.

Greek Canyon (11-2) shaded a head-bobbing finish to the Join Go Racing In Kildare 2014 Handicap.

Tylery Wonder had been doing the donkey work in front but it became evident he would not last home and suddenly the grey Greek Canyon, who was well placed to rattle off a hat-trick in the summer by Ger Lyons, was charging at him up the rail.

Colin Keane's mount got up by a short-head, with Six Of Hearts the same distance away in third.

John Oxx will have significantly fewer of the Aga Khan's horses to train next year but the combination look to have a bright prospect in Ebanoran (7-2).

By Oasis Dream and out of Irish Oaks winner Ebadiyla, the colt had been entered in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas and Investec Derby before lining up in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden.

Facing unraced representatives from all of Ireland's top stables, Ebanoran found plenty for Declan McDonogh and passed the line a head in front of Table Rock, with Oxx's Ponfeigh shaping well in third.

"He's a nice horse," said Oxx.

"He quickened up well and pulled out plenty. He'll start off in a Guineas trial early next year."

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