Thursday 22 March 2018

Rome rules for Wachman

David Wachman opened his account for the season in style at Dundalk last night when Imperial Rome pulverised his rivals in the mile handicap for three-year-olds.

The son of Holy Roman Emperor was always travelling sweetly, and put the race to bed in a matter of strides when sent about his business over a furlong out by Wayne Lordan.

The talented colt drew clear to justify favouritism to record a five-length victory over Crystal Belle.

Earlier, John Oxx's Emiyna got punters off to a good start when justifying strong support in the seven-furlong three-year-old maiden.

The 5/4 favourite challenged wide in the straight under Johnny Murtagh, but only got on top well inside the final furlong to beat Aidan O'Brien's well-bred newcomer Ballroom by a length.

Pat Smullen showed his hunger for winners is as strong as ever when getting the Dermot Weld-trained Enchanted Evening (5/1) home in front in the fillies winners-of-one mile event.

The race developed into something of a sprint in the straight, and Smullen had his mount in a prominent position to hold off the late surge of Face Reality by a head with joint favourite Deire Na Sli just a neck away in third.

Private Ryan provided Maynooth trainer John Geoghegan with a welcome change of luck when taking the mile apprentice handicap in the hands of Sam James.

The 14/1 outsider led just over a furlong out before staying on well to beat Suspect Device by three quarters of a length.

Irish Independent

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