Monday 11 December 2017

Washington DC takes capital billing for O'Brien at Navan

Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Washington DC took full advantage of a drop in grade to end an 11-month losing run in the Woodlands Stakes at Navan.

A Group-race regular, the Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old showed the benefit of an outing at the top level in Meydan on World Cup night to take Listed honours in the five-furlong affair.

Seamie Heffernan had Washington DC off the pace set by Yulong Baobei before launching his bid on the outside and while the 2/1 favourite had to work fairly hard to see off Ardhoomey, he did so with a neck to spare. Primo Uomo was not disgraced in third.

Earlier, Romanised (14/1) dented one or two reputations in claiming the opening juvenile maiden for the Ken Condon yard.

And Shane Foley's mount could be set for bigger and better things after accounting for Brick By Brick by half a length with the O'Brien-trained 13/8 favourite Declarationofpeace only third.

Condon said of the winner: "We liked him at home, but they have to come and do it. He travels through a race like a good horse. He has the ability if we just keep his mind right. He could be a Coventry Stakes horse."

Fresh from their double at this venue on Sunday, Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning were back in the winner's enclosure - this time after Chronicles took the ten-furlong maiden in gutsy fashion.

The 3/1 shot was sent to the front two furlongs from home and had to dig deep to repel outsider Night Of Glory by a neck.

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