Sunday 19 January 2020

Vivienne set Galway target after sparkling on debut for Kinsella

Thomas Kelly

Vivacious Vivienne has Galway as a longterm target after landing the spoils in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap on her first start for Donal Kinsella at Navan yesterday.

The four-year-old, formerly trained by Lester Winters, struck the front a furlong out for Pat Shanahan. The 12/1 chance stuck on well to finish a half a length ahead of Daliyra.

"She's going on well, I think she'll get a mile and a quarter," said the Meath trainer. "I think she's half decent and that's her second handicap win. I've no set plans for her, but she'll more than likely go to Galway."

Kaladena justified her short price with a seven-length saunter in the staying maiden. Fran Berry made all on the evens favourite and strode away from her main rival, Scottish Reel, in the closing stages.

"She won very nicely, she had a good run at Naas the last day," said trainer John Oxx. "She wants a trip and all she does is stay. Wherever we go next it'll be over a trip -- she'd definitely get two miles."

Ger Lyons landed a 54/1 double in the handicaps through Cosmic Breeze (9/1) and Ghetto Gospel (9/2), while Jim Bolger was another trainer in double form with Purple Glow (7/2) in the juvenile auction maiden and Shintoh (2/1) in the closing conditions event.

At Limerick, Cuan Na Grai lifted the featured Supermacs Drive Thru Hurdle. The Paul Nolan-trained 4/5 favourite swept home by four and a half lengths from Blazing Tempo in the hands of Alain Cawley.

"Hopefully, Cuan Na Grai stays sound during the summer for us now as he has had tendon trouble," said Nolan. "We'll stick to the conditions hurdles and chases next. He is rated 139 over fences and may have too much weight for the Galway Plate, but we'll have to think about it too."

Exuberant trainer Oliver Brady was in full voice after the bumper following the win of his well-backed 9/4 favourite Casear's Song, which beat Rugby Dunne De Biz by a head under Matthew Bowes.

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