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Sunday 19 August 2018

'Prokofiev' on song for O'Brien in Navan opener

O'Brien: “He’s a big, powerful horse and has plenty of speed. He came on as obviously he was never away before Dundalk.
O'Brien: “He’s a big, powerful horse and has plenty of speed. He came on as obviously he was never away before Dundalk." Photo: Edward Whitaker

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Ascot looks certain to be on the agenda for Aidan O'Brien's Sergei Prokofiev after the exciting colt bolted up on his second start at Navan.

The son of Scat Daddy is out of the Canadian mare Orchard Beach but did not find the soft ground an inconvenience when streaking clear by seven and a half lengths in the opening five-furlong contest for juveniles.

Ridden by Ryan Moore, he showed the benefit of his debut run when second at Dundalk and previous winner Pride Of Pimlico chased him home in second.

"We're delighted with him. Donnacha loved him when he rode him in Dundalk," O'Brien said of the 2/5 favourite. "He's a big, powerful horse and has plenty of speed. He came on as obviously he was never away before Dundalk.

"We'll look at the Marble Hill or the Rochestown with him. Ryan said he didn't think six would be a problem, five or six. He went to the line strong.

"That was nice for his second race as we don't have the novice races and you are limited after you win a maiden.

"We always thought he was very nice and between now and Ascot we'd like to get another one (run) into him."

However, the Ballydoyle supremo was out luck of luck with 6/4 favourite Washington DC in the featured Woodlands Stakes as Ger O'Leary recorded his biggest success with Primo Uomo.

Third to O'Brien's charge in this Listed contest 12 months ago, the son of Strategic Prince was sent off an unconsidered 20/1 outsider.

Settled behind the leaders by Niall McCullagh, O'Leary's inmate was pushed into the lead from the furlong pole, and battled on well from there to score by a length and three-quarters.

Gorane finished second for Henry de Bromhead, while the disappointing market leader was more than two lengths back in third.

Joseph O'Brien fared better later on when the young trainer landed the one-mile handicap with Camile (7/2) under Wayne Lordan.

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