Monday 21 May 2018

Herald The Dawn odds slashed for 2000 Guineas

Aye Aye Skipper, with Gary Carroll up, on their way to winning the Mongey Communications Handicap
Aye Aye Skipper, with Gary Carroll up, on their way to winning the Mongey Communications Handicap Newsdesk Newsdesk

Jim Bolger looks to have another star colt in the making after Herald The Dawn emulated his sire New Approach by winning the Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.

Herald The Dawn (6/4) gave Bolger a sixth triumph in the Group Two over seven furlongs when wearing down long-time leader Now Or Never.

A full-brother to Dawn Approach, winner of the 2000 Guineas in 2013, Herald The Dawn had to work quite hard to pin down Michael O'Callaghan's filly and prevail by a length and a quarter under Kevin Manning.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained 11/8 favourite Shogun was third, while stablemate Air Vice Marshal was a late withdrawal.

"Kevin said the wheels were spinning but he got there. He's a good ground horse but he overcame the adversity," said Bolger. "He can do six furlongs, seven or a mile."

Herald The Dawn was cut to 20/1 from 33/1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas and to 25/1 from 33s for the Investec Derby with Paddy Power.

Though out of luck with Shogun, O'Brien cleaned up the other two Group races on the card. Found could be bound for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after gaining a first success of the season in cosy fashion against just two rivals in the Kilfrush Stud Royal Whip Stakes.

Second in the both the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes, O'Brien's filly was sent off 8/13 favourite after stablemate Ol' Man River was withdrawn from the 10-furlong Group Three due to the rain-softened ground.

Answered set the pace, but Seamie Heffernan always had the leader in his sights and pulled clear in the final half-furlong to score by four lengths.

O'Brien said: "She could run in the Prix Vermeille or Irish Champion Stakes before a possible run in the Arc."

Found was quoted at 14/1 for the Arc with Ladbrokes.

Order Of St George (4/6 favourite) justified market support as he swept to victory in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger Trial Stakes. The son of Galileo boosted his claims for the Ladbrokes St Leger when romping home by seven and a half lengths.

"He handles an ease in the ground well, and is maturing lovely. Seamie was very happy with him," said O'Brien.

Order Of St George was trimmed to 5/1 from 9/1 for the St Leger with Paddy Power.

Andrew Slattery's An Saighdiur (8/1) rolled back the years when landing his first victory since April 2014 in the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Handicap and will head to Ayr for either the Gold or Silver Cup.

Aye Aye Skipper (2/1 favourite, pictured) followed up his success at Killarney for trainer Johnny Levins in the Mongey Communications Handicap.

Cailin Mor (16/1) got the better of Chillie Billie to take the Luke & Nellie Comer Apprentice Handicap for trainer Mick Halford and jockey Sean Corby.

Pat Fahy's versatile performer Western Boy (6/1) took the Killashee Handicap in good style under Fran Berry to follow up his opening Flat success at Killarney last month.

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