Friday 24 January 2020

Intimation routs Garnet field at Naas

Intimation ran out a most impressive winner of the Listed Clodovil European Breeders Fund Garnet Stakes at Naas.

Colin Keane positioned Sir Michael Stoute's filly just off the pace through the early stages and the runners turned for home spread across the track.

Plenty had chances, but the Cheveley Park Stud-owned four-year-old could be spotted travelling particularly strongly on the far side and hit top gear on the climb to the final furlong.

Even-money favourite Rose De Pierre briefly threatened, but Stoute's charge really picked up well and went some four lengths clear, in the process going a couple of places better than when a close third in a Group Three at Gowran Park last time out.

Keane, having his first ride for Stoute, said: "This morning he sounded confident about her and she did it very easily, how maybe he thought she'd do it.

"She travelled very well, picked up well and loved the ground.

"Everything felt really easy to her. She travelled through them as easy as you wanted to. If anything she got there a little bit soon, but she put it to bed well."

Keane switched sides after the 3-1 strike of Intimation to foil Stoute in the Anjaal European Breeders Fund Bluebell Stakes, as he drove home Toe The Line to beat Shall We.

Shall We made a determined bid for Chris Hayes and looked like she might repel the challengers on either side of her inside the final furlong, but Toe The Line (9-2) had come with a what proved to be a winning run, having made up three or four lengths to get to the Freemason Lodge runner.

Winning trainer John Kiely said: "I'm delighted. I thought it (mile and a half) might be a bit short for her.

"She was third in it last year. I thought she'd need further, but the little bit of a cut in the ground helped her at the end. She stays.

"She's a very very useful mare to have and I'm thrilled for the owners.

"I don't know where we'll go now and I might give her a holiday."

Keane had earlier initiated a treble when winning on Wayside Flower (3-1 favourite) for his boss Ger Lyons in the Coulsty E.B.F. Fillies Maiden.

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