Sunday 18 March 2018

Valley of dreams for Harrington

Rockaway Valley has the opposition well beaten
Rockaway Valley has the opposition well beaten

Rockaway Valley ran out a most impressive winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at the Curragh.

The Jessica Harrington-trained youngster had shown plenty of ability when second on his debut to Aidan O'Brien's Air Force Blue in a race that is starting to work out very well, with the third Tonkinese having won on Friday night.

Sent off as the 6-4 favourite, Shane Foley's mount stretched readily clear through the final furlong, having four and a quarter lengths to spare over newcomer Juliette Fair.

O'Brien's Air Vice Marshal ran with promise in third.

Harrington said: "He was good and came on a lot from his first run. Shane said he jumped well, always travelled and lengthened when he asked him. He went right away.

"He has plenty of fancy entries, and will probably come back here for the Railway Stakes. He's also in the National Stakes. Good ground is perfect for him."

Fort Del Oro took the TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition Maiden with some authority.

Second on her first run on much softer ground, Billy Lee's mount travelled strongly and was eased into the race two furlongs out.

Eddie Lynam's charge came between horses to lead with a furlong and a half to run and the race was over soon after, as she quickly went clear for a four-and-a-quarter-length success from the always prominent Creggs Pipe.

Lynam said of the 7-4 favourite: "She did it well. We like her and think she might be good. She did that well today after a good first run.

"We'll see what sort of a mark she gets and that will tell us where we are going. Dreaming aloud, she could be good."

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