Thursday 17 October 2019

So Perfect as O'Brien steals Naas show with fabulous four-timer

Trainer Aidan O’Brien (right) sent out four winners at Naas yesterday – three of which were ridden by stable jockey Ryan Moore. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O’Brien (right) sent out four winners at Naas yesterday – three of which were ridden by stable jockey Ryan Moore. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

So Perfect turned on the style to land the featured Goffs Lacken Stakes - the centrepiece of an Aidan O'Brien 147/1 four-timer at Naas yesterday.

The Ballydoyle filly had shown top-class form as a juvenile, finishing second to Advertise in the Phoenix Stakes and winning a Group Three.

She made a pleasing return this season when third in the Fred Darling at Newbury, but her career now looks set to lie over sprinting trips after she showed a smart turn of foot at 6f.

Ryan Moore brought her with a race-winning move down the centre of the track, which has not been the place to be so far this season at Naas. That mattered little as they powered away to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths.

So Perfect was sent off the 9/10 favourite, and Royal Ascot is now on the cards for the three-year-old. Gustavus Weston was second at 50/1.

"She's a big, powerful mare and has the option of the Commonwealth (Cup) or the King's Stand. I'm delighted we came back (in trip) with her," said O'Brien.

The trainer had earlier landed the other Group 3 on the card, the Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies' Sprint Stakes, with impressive deubtante Etoile under Seamie Heffernan.

Ballydoyle interests pre-race had concentrated on Ryan Moore's mount, So Wonderful, who had finished second to Ger Lyons' Peace Charter last time out - and the pair met again.

However, odds-on favourite So Wonderful never looked like threatening - and while Peace Charter stayed on for pressure for Colin Keane, it was Etoile who showed the best turn of foot.

American Lady led against the far rail and held her advantage until deep inside the final furlong, but she had no answer to Etoile, which burst out of the pack. The 12/1 chance won by half a length, with Peace Charter second and Celtic Beauty third.

O'Brien's Pistoletto overcame some superficial injuries to land short odds and book his place at Royal Ascot in the Coolmore Gustav Klimt Race.

The War Front colt was expected to tee himself up for a journey to England, facing just three rivals, and was sent off the 1/5 favourite under Moore.

Pistoletto did, though, become unsettled at the start, losing two shoes, and it later became apparent he had bitten his tongue - causing it to bleed. All that may have affected his performance and he was pushed all the way by Red Epaulette and Wyndham Belle, winning by half a length.

"He banged his hip going into the stalls and then got upset and kicked off both his back shoes," said O'Brien. "All being well, he will go to Ascot, and (either) five or six (furlongs) wouldn't be a problem."

The Ballydoyle supremo completed a four-timer when Moore and 10/3 shot Ferretti took the 7f handicap by a length from favourite Giga White.

Eddie Lynam, the man who masterminded the career of Sole Power, won the race named in his honour as Soffia came clear in the Sole Power Sprint Stakes. With more a furlong to run, Leigh Roche tried to put the race to bed on English raider Final Venture and he had everything else in trouble apart from Soffia, which quickened up and in a matter of strides to seal victory.

The 3/1 joint-favourite was eased down close home by Declan McDonogh, beating her fellow market leader by a length-and-a-half.

Ger Lyons and Colin Keane continued their good form when Kaftan reeled in Dermot Weld's Kiss For A Jewel close home in the fillies' one-mile maiden. A promising fourth on her only outing last season, the favourite got first run, but Kaftan (4/1) quickened nicely and looks another nice prospect for owner Khalid Abdullah.

The consistent Surrounding (5/1) took the Owenstown Stud Stakes for Mick Halford and Ronan Whelan, while Port Lions (8/1) battled well to land the finale for Madeleine Tylicki.

Irish Independent

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