Eziyra continues good work for Dermot Weld in Blandford Stakes

    ‘We’ll look forward to Canada with her and then the Breeders’ Cup’
  • Sunday 16 September 2018
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Eziyra is set to go on her travels after extending Dermot Weld’s excellent record in the Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes at the Curragh.

The Aga Khan-owned filly was winning the Group Two for a fourth time in five years for the master of Rosewell House.

Last seen finishing a fine third in the Yorkshire Oaks behind the brilliant Sea Of Class, the drop back to 10 furlongs seemed to suit the daughter of Teofilo.

Aidan O’Brien’s Curly was sent into a early lead by Seamie Heffernan and she still held a sizeable advantage as the field turned into the straight.

Declan McDonogh set off in pursuit on Eziyra with two furlongs to run and when it seemed like she had mastered Curly, Jessica Harrington’s I’m So Fancy emerged as a serious challenge on the outside.

The two became embroiled in a tussle, but Eziyra was always holding on and the 11-8 favourite obliged by three-quarters of a length, with Who’s Steph flying at the finish to nab I’m So Fancy on the line for second.

Weld said: “She’s a wonderful filly to train. She’s now won five Group races and been second in two Group Ones, sheer consistency.

“We’ve won this race a lot of times and that’s three years running now. This is a very good filly and I’d say she could be the best of them from sheer consistency.

“I’ve had it in my mind to go to Canada for the E.P Taylor and that would be possibly her next race. and then we’ll go on for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf with her after that.

“She used not to be that relaxed and that’s why she wears the hood, but on the racetrack all she does is battle. She’s a very courageous filly and a very good one.

“She’s very straightforward. She’s a very genuine, very sound filly and I said if there’s a nice gallop sit second or third and if there’s no pace make it yourself as you’re in the key box, drawn one.

“We’ll look forward to Canada with her and then the Breeders’ Cup. I’d say this is it this year. She’s been a Group-winning two-year-old, a very good three-year-old and good four-year-old.”

Eddie Lynam’s Soffia regained the winning thread in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Bold Lad” Sprint Handicap.

The three-year-old filly won three in a row earlier in the season, but her improvement appeared to have levelled out on her last two outings.

With Danny Sheehy taking 5lb off, she only had 8st 1lb on her back and was prominent throughout on the far side, which was thought not to be the place to be but the low numbers dominated.

Sent off at 20-1, the Lady O’Reilly-owned youngster looks to have a bright future as she came home three-quarters of a length clear of Smash Williams, with My Amigo faring best of the British raiders in third.

“It’s hard to be confident in races like that, but we thought we had her really good,” said Lynam.

“Danny said there wasn’t a lot of pace on the far side, so he had to let her roll.

“Lady O’Reilly has been with me a long long time and it’s nice to train a nice winner for her.

“I suppose we’ll try to get a bit of valuable black type for her later on. She won the price of a few drinks today anyway!”

Lynam added: “The trainer could do with her staying in training next year, as he’s very low on ammunition, so I hope she does, but we’ll wait and see.

“She was bought by my daughter, Amy, as a foal, it was her very first pinhook. That was her first buy and it turned out very lucky.

“I bought her off her as a yearling and I had to give her a good bit of profit!”

Mick Channon’s Barbill won for the first time since his debut in May in the valuable Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes.

The 6-1 winner has had eight races in that time, mostly in hot company, and has not been disgraced, including when beaten a neck in a French Listed race.

Ridden by John Egan, he led home a British-trained one-two-three with Andrew Balding’s Flashcard second and Hugo Palmer’s Hot Team third.

“It’s nice to come over and get a few quid! On form he had a great chance, and I think he’s run to his mark. He kept going, he’s tough,” said Channon.

“He deserved it, as he just got beaten in a Listed race and ran a cracker in a Group race as well. The form is solid.

“We always had this race in mind once he was all right, but the trouble with us trainers is when they go fast, we want them to go even faster. Then you are trying to win Group races as well, but this was the icing on the cake after the cake is gone!”

Hamley (12-1) was a clear-cut winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Northfields” Handicap under 7lb apprentice Ben Coen.

Trainer Peter Fahey said: “Every time she runs, she runs a great race. She’s an ideal syndicate horse as she’s rated high enough to get into the good races. I don’t know where the improvement came for the last two races to be honest.

“Today was her best run by far. She’s a lovely filly and has a nice pedigree. She’ll tip away if the ground stays all right and if not she’ll be back again next year. You’d love to get a bit of black type to add a bit of value to her for breeding.

“Ben is a very good rider and is well worth his 7lb claim.”

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