Up Helly Aa stars in Lee's Cork treble
Wille McCreery looks to have an exciting prospect on his hands in Up Helly Aa which he got back to winning ways in the Listed Navigation Stakes at Cork.
The son of Galileo, out of Group One-winning mare Fiesolana, had shaped promisingly when second in the Meld Stakes on just his third start. McCreery's three-year-old was the most inexperienced horse in the field, but his class won out.
Held up towards the rear in the early stages of the extended mile contest by Billy Lee, Up Helly Aa made smooth progress in the centre of the course. The 11/4 favourite wore down Pincheck late on to get the verdict by a neck, with Laughifuwant a length and a quarter away in third.
"He is a Galileo, and he settles - and a mile or a mile and a quarter next year, I wouldn't worry," said McCreery. This fellow will get stronger next year and can step up."
This sealed a double for McCreery who won the first with Lustown Baba (6/1) while Lee went on to complete a 412/1 treble with victories on John Kiely's Dance Jupiter (10/1) and the Madeleine Tylicki-trained We'll go Again (9/1).