Thursday 19 April 2018

O'Brien horses show Ascot potential at Tipperary

Ambiguity makes a bright start at Tipperary
Ambiguity makes a bright start at Tipperary

Ambiguity and Kellstorm could be Royal Ascot-bound after victories at Tipperary.

Well-backed 4-6 favourite Ambiguity swept down the outside in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race and Donnacha O'Brien just gave him a couple of slaps to teach him something as he accounted for Eacharn by two and a quarter lengths.

Joseph O'Brien, who supervises training of Ambiguity, said: "He had been working nicely at home and Seamus (Heffernan) rode him work the other day and loved him. The ground was slower than ideal but he is an exciting horse.

"I don't know if he'll run in the Marble Hill or the winners' race in Naas but we'll get today out of the way. Ascot is the plan and, being by Fastnet Rock, he'll be better on better ground."

Kellstorm (4-5) gave the form of his stablemate US Army Ranger a boost when landing the odds in the Fundraising Events At Tipperary Races Maiden.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt, a full-brother to Irish St Leger hero Order Of St George, was third to the Derby favourite at the Curragh earlier in the month and built on that by beating Evening Hush by a length and a half.

The winning handler said: "He's a staying horse and you'd have to be happy with that. His brother stayed well and he is a lovely genuine horse. He's possibly a horse for the Queen's Vase and will have one run in between then."

Lady Giselle (9-2) had the cheekpieces back on for the Tipperary Racecourse Celebrating 100 Years Handicap and she showed her appreciation by holding off Ancient Sands by half a length.

Doc Sportello confirmed the promise of his introductory fifth at the Curragh by justifying 9-4 favouritism in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden for Edward Lynam and Oisin Orr.

Bluesbreaker loves testing conditions and finished best of all in the Book Online At Handicap to catch fellow 5-1 shot Sweetest Taboo close home.

Lake Takapuna was a good second at Clonmel last month and went one better in the Point To Point Evening 12th May Maiden Hurdle as the 11-8 favourite, while Jamie Codd brought M M D Sizer with a well-timed challenge to take the Follow TipperaryRaces On Twitter Maiden Hurdle.

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