So Perfect in the frame for Ascot following winning start at Navan

O’Brien quick to nominate big meeting as an option

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So Perfect could be Royal Ascot-bound after getting up in the dying strides to make a winning debut in the Tara Sires Irish EBF Fillies Maiden at Navan.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained daughter of Scat Daddy had plenty to do at the furling pole, but she responded well to Ryan Moore’s drive once getting a clear run on the outside to put her head in front on the line.

The 4-1 shot collared Mater Matuta by a short head, with Silver Service three-quarters of a length away in third.

O’Brien said: “We’re delighted with that for a first run. We were worried about the ground and experience, but she is obviously a very nice filly. She is a big, powerful filly.

“I’d say she is an Ascot filly and could run over five or six (furlongs). She could run at Naas (in the Listed Juvenile Fillies Sprint over six furlongs on May 20) for some more experience.”

The Broghie Man hung on grimly to spring a surprise in the Listed Committed Stakes.

Top French jockey Gerald Mosse – having his first ride at the track – was at his strongest to get the Adrian Keatley-trained three-year-old home by a short head from the closing Speak In Colours.

Brick By Brick made the running until a furlong from home in the five-and-a-half-furlong affair, where The Broghie Man (10-1) made his decisive move to lift the prize. The two protagonists drew five lengths clear of Fleet Review in third.

Different League, a Royal Ascot winner last year when trained in France by Matthieu Palussiere, never got into a challenging position on his first start for Aidan O’Brien, despite being sent off the the 5-4 favourite, and trailed in fifth.

Keatley said of his winner: “It’s good to get that job done and hopefully we’ll head to Naas next for the Lacken (on May 20). There is nothing really for him over five, so we’ll go to Naas next and see what happens.

“Gerald was over last weekend riding work for the owner of London Icon (Simon Kwok) who is good friends with him in Hong Kong. It’s good to get him as he has a wealth of knowledge and we are lucky to have him when we can.

“Hopefully if he can step up again then long term it might be the Commonwealth Cup (at Royal Ascot), but he’ll have to go Group Three next and see where we go from there. He loves that ground and that will have to be in his favour as well.”

So Perfect in the frame for Ascot following winning start at Navan
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