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Stack's filly comes alive at Navan

ALIVE Alive Oh turned in an outstanding performance to land a big gamble in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes at Navan.

The Tommy Stack-trained filly was an accomplished scorer at Cork in March and again trounced a good-looking field in this Listed race over a mile and a quarter.


Coolibah made most of the running in the seven-runner affair, but had no response once the 11-10 favourite slalomed clear a furlong and a half from home under Fran Berry.


Magical Dream, the Group Three winner from Ballydoyle, stayed on for second, but was six lengths adrift of the impressive Alive Alive Oh.


Frank Berry, racing manager for successful owner Sue-Ann Foley, said: "She did it very nicely.


"She's in all the good races and you couldn't have been more pleased with what she did.


"She's a lot going for her."


Stack said: "It was a good performance and we're pleased with that. I think she'll get further and we'll have to think about the (Irish) Oaks now."


Berry said: "She was very, very good. I was a bit worried beforehand that there wouldn't be too much pace but they went an even gallop.


"She settled well and travelled very easily. It was good to see her getting up the hill.


"She's potentially an Oaks filly and at least the dream is still alive."


Leading Light (11-4) won with a similar degree of authority in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race for colts and geldings.


Joseph O`Brien`s mount was having his first outing for 212 days but was positive from the outset and galloped seven lengths clear of 9-4 favourite Dibayani.


O`Brien said: "He's very lazy and he was off the bridle when he won his maiden at Tipperary.


"I wanted to get him to the front and when you ask him he gives it to you.


"I think he'll stay a mile and a half well."

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