Mary Tudor secures Irish Guineas ticket with Salsabil strike at Navan

    Mary Tudor put up an emphatic performance to open her account in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes at Navan.
  • Sunday 22 April 2018
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Mary Tudor put up an emphatic performance to open her account in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes at Navan.

The Godolphin-owned filly had been Group-placed as a juvenile and made the ideal start to her three-year-old campaign as she ran out a ready winner on the step up to a mile and a quarter.

Billy Lee's mount quickened well a furlong out and went on to score by two and a half lengths from Dermot Weld's newcomer Hazel Bay, who shaped with great promise. Princess Yaiza was a further half a length back in third.

The winner is set to drop down to a mile for her next start, with trainer Willie McCreery keen to let the daughter of Dawn Approach take her chance in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas on May 27, for which she was quoted at 14-1 with Paddy Power.

McCreery said: "She's a lovely mare and has shown that form last year. She settled and did it well. She should get a mile and a half in time and we might go straight to the (Irish) Guineas now.

"I wanted to get her out to see where we are going with her. The ground dried up enough for her and that was the only thing I'd be a bit worried about - se wouldn't want it any worse than that.

"I loved the way she quickened there when she saw the rising ground. She really put the head down, and it's good that she is holding her form and improving a little bit."

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