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Great Scott display adds another string to O'Brien bow

Aidan O'Brien unleashed another promising juvenile at Dundalk yesterday when newcomer Sir Walter Scott took the two-year-old conditions race.

A three-parts brother to former Irish Derby winner Frozen Fire, he was friendless in the market despite having entries in the likes of the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes and the Beresford Stakes.

Sent off at 9/2, the debutant looked like finishing third as the Ger Lyons-trained pair of Washboard Sam and Seeking Luck, both previous winners, appeared to be going better either side of him.

But without Colm O'Donoghue having to get too serious, the Galileo colt hit top gear inside the final 100 yards to edge out favourite Seeking Luck by a neck. "He did it well but he was a bit green early on," said O'Donoghue. "I was sitting in second on him and he wasn't really learning much. He finished it off well and he'll keep improving."

Jim Bolger's consistent Leitir Mor was sent off a short-priced favourite for the juvenile maiden over six-furlongs but, for the sixth time this season, he finished second as he failed to hold the challenge of Ger Lyons' 16/1 shot Very Elusive.

Another Bolger runner, Rigoletta, broke her duck at the 12th attempt when taking the one-mile maiden by two and a quarter lengths under Kevin Manning.

Mick Halford and Shane Foley combined to land both divisions of the www.sardaireland.com Handicap with 6/4 favourite Coach Bombay and Saint By Day (7/2).

Ronan Whelan led throughout on Reggie Roberts' Timeless Call (5/1) for an easy three-quarters of a length victory in the opening five-furlong handicap. Vincent Ward's Regal Tramp claimed the closing two-mile handicap in the hands of Andrew Thornton.

Irish Independent