Gallinule boost for Hazapour
Sporting Life nap of the day Platinum Warrior boosted the Derby claims of Hazapour when running out a clear-cut winner of the Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh.
Only fourth behind Dermot Weld’s Epsom hope in the Derrinstown Derby Trial, he landed this Group Three with the minimum of fuss.
Michael Halford’s Galileo colt could be called the winner some way out and the 7-2 chance beat Latrobe by two and a quarter lengths with Harvestfortheworld third.
Shane Foley was on board, 24 hours on from winning the 2,000 Guineas on Romanise
Harrington eyes Ascot
Indigo Balance made a winning debut in the opening Tally Ho Stud Irish EBF (C & G) Maiden at the Curragh.
Trained by Jessica Harrington, Indigo Balance was sent off a 7-1 shot in the hands of Colm O’Donoghue and he was well in control as the field entered the last of the six furlongs.
While Decrypt set out in pursuit, he finished a length and a half adrift with Vidiyni in third, beaten another length and a quarter.
Cardini was sent off the 100-30 favourite for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore but never really figured in the shake up.
Harrington said: “He was very good. He’s a smashing horse with a lovely temperament. He had been up to Dundalk for the barrier trial and had run very well there, so he was like a colt today that had had a run already. He was very professional.
“He’s very straightforward at home and has just always been a really nice colt. I’ve no idea where he’ll go now. I have to talk to Michael (Donohoe, bloodstock consultant) and Mr Zhang (Yuesheng,owner). It’s lovely to get a winner for him first time out. I have five horses for him and he’s had two winners and a third now.
“He did it fairly easily and loved the ground. He’s a very easy horse to run because you can switch him off and he can put him exactly where he wants.
“He went one way and then another way and then got a run. When he got to the front it’s wide open spaces, he took a bit of a look and then put his head down and galloped to the line. I suppose we’ll have to look at Ascot for him now.”
A winning start from Indigo Balance