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In-form Harrington strikes with Listed double at Navan


Trainer Jessica Harrington. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Trainer Jessica Harrington. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile


Trainer Jessica Harrington. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

JESSICA HARRINGTON is making hay since the Flat season recommenced and the Moone handler was in scintillating form at Navan yesterday, notching a 47/1 Listed double.

Harrington landed a treble on Monday and the 73-year-old dominated proceedings at the Meath track with Tom Madden gaining his first black type win aboard Silence Please (10/1).

Madden, understudy to Harrington's first-choice jockey Shane Foley, gunned down Foley's mount One Voice (16/5) in the dying strides to lead home a one-two for the Kildare trainer as Silence Please scored by a nose in the Listed Salsabil Stakes over 1m2f.

Foley, who earlier steered Gerard O'Leary's Blastofmagic (4/1 joint-favourite) to handicap victory, got the better of the judge's call in the Heritage Stakes, however, when the front-running Ancient Spirit (10/3 joint-favourite) just held on.

A nose was the winning margin once again with Joseph O'Brien's Buckhurst (4/1) narrowly failing to catch the winner, which showed further improvement from his debut effort for the yard when second in a similar event last October.

Kate Harrington, representing her mother, said: "He really battled. He's learning to do things right now. Shane jumped out and kept him out to let him relax in his own time. He'll get a lot of confidence from that.

"He's very versatile and he'll go on any ground. He's just a good solid horse and an exciting, fun horse to have for all those Group and Listed races. He could be anything if he keeps improving like he has."

Aidan O'Brien was the other big winner with debutant Chief Little Hawk (7/2) being cut to as short as 6/1 for next week's Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot as his sire, former champion two-year-old Air Force Blue, scored with his first offspring in Ireland under Seamie Heffernan.

Irish action continues at Gowran Park today where These Days will take some stopping in the Support The Irish Injured Jockeys Handicap (3.30). Ken Condon's charge got off the mark at the sixth attempt in Dundalk last November and Niall McCullagh's mount has plenty more to offer.

Irish Independent