Friday 24 January 2020

Salsabil Stakes proves Pretty Perfect for Aidan O'Brien at Navan

Pretty Perfect made all under a canny ride from Colm O'Donoghue to spring a surprise in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes at Navan.

The 9-1 shot was not the Aidan O'Brien stable first string but stuck on gamely to land the Listed spoils.

Glamorous Approach was the only rival to trouble the winner, but she was brushed aside in the final furlong and was readily beaten by three and a half lengths.

O'Brien's other two runners, Best In The World and Kind Of Magic, never threatened and neither did the 6-4 favourite Queen Blossom. Dermot Weld's Emergent was third.

O'Donoghue said: "She's been working really nicely at home and has improved from two to three.

"Aidan said to ride her how I found her, and she picked up when they came to me.

"She's not short of speed and has a lot of class."

O'Brien said: "She was held up the first day and then Ana made the running on her when she won at Leopardstown.

"Colm gave her a lovely ride and she will go for one of the Oaks trials. Looking at her you would say that she definitely stays."

O'Donoghue added: "She had good form last year and the maiden she won has worked out well.

"She kept galloping. She is by Galileo and you would have to think the Oaks is an option."

O'Brien was recording a double after Hyzenthlay (20-1) had stunned punters with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden in the hands of his daughter Ana, and got three on the board thanks to the Ryan Moore-ridden The Gurkha in the Kilberry (C & G) Maiden.

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