Gabriel lifts Garnet for Deegan

first_img Fourth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas earlier in the season, she had not been seen since struggling over 10 furlongs in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the end of June. Sent off a 5-1 chance dropped in class to Listed level, Lady O’Reilly’s daughter of Champs Elysees had to work hard to see off Fastnet Mist in the final furlong, but she prevailed by three-quarters of a length under Chris Hayes. Paul Deegan’s patience with Avenue Gabriel was rewarded as the filly won the feature Clodovil EBF Garnet Stakes at Naas. Third in Listed company on her debut, a maiden should have been a formality, but the 9-10 favourite scrambled home by a short head from Sharaasa in the Bungle Inthejungle EBF Fillies Maiden. Lynam said: “On first viewing I thought ‘oh dear we’re beat’, but she got home and won. Maybe I overrated her, but I thought she was very good. Pat (Smullen) still thinks she could be, but she’d have to improve a bit from that. “He said she’s still very green, but I like to see it in the form book. Lets hope she’s very good, but it looks at the moment like she’s just good. We’ll see what she’s like next year. She was well bought anyway – she wasn’t expensive.” The Killavullan Stakes next weekend may be on the agenda for Captain My Captain after his empahtic win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Birdcatcher Nursery, which followed a good show in a big sales race. Trainer John Murphy said: “He’s a lovely big horse and was unlucky in the Curragh, when he was drawn very wide. He loves good ground and we were a bit worried that it might be a bit dead. He should excel over seven or a mile next year and will maybe even get further. “He’s a real nice horse and has always worked like it. Our two-year-olds have been very backward this year and that’s my first two-year-old winner. There was talk of the Killavullan this morning and we are dying to try him over seven. The further he goes the better.” Rocky Bleier (20-1) came from last to first to win the valuable Woodlands 100 Club October Handicap for trainer Bill Farrell and jockey Billy Lee. The trainer said: “He got a bit jarred up in the spring. We waited for his shins to settle and for an ease in the ground. He’s on an upward curve. He’s in the sales but won’t go now.” Deegan said: “That’s great. I’m delighted for James (Kelly) and Lady O’Reilly and their patience has been rewarded. “Her best form was always on fast ground and we’ve always said she was better on it, but it started to catch up with her. It took her a long time to get over the Pretty Polly as she came back not herself. That’s a nice race to win before the winter and she’ll go home for a holiday now. “We won’t be tempted to run on quick ground again. She’ll be a good mare next year and could be a filly for something like the Matron. Her Guineas run was no fluke. We thought she might stretch out a bit more but probably a true-run mile is what she wants.” Endless Drama earned a quote of 33-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas with Boylesports after making an impressive debut in the Tifrums EBF (C&G) Maiden. The Ger Lyons-trained colt, sent off a well-backed 6-1 shot, hit the front just under two furlongs from home and bounded five and a half lengths clear of Cenotaph. Lyons said: “He’s a nice horse and we’ve always liked him. He’s as big a horse as we’ve had come into the yard and we took our time with him. Coming from the camp he did, they know their stuff. He didn’t make the breeze-ups for one reason or another, but they told me he was as good as they’ve had. “That’s the way we were hoping he’d run, but you don’t expect it. He’s a very, very smart horse. That’ll be it for the season. He holds an entry for the Killavullan, but that wouldn’t be my style to run them back like that. We’ll look forward to next season. Next year we’ll start him over seven and step up quietly.” Eddie Lynam’s Byzantium opened her account at the second time of asking, but her odds-on supporters were made to fret. Press Associationlast_img read more