Trailblazing Klute takes Curragh maiden for Jessica Harrington

Kodiac colt springs a 20-1 surprise

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Klute made virtually every yard of the running on his racecourse debut in the opening Barronstown Stud Irish EBF Maiden at the Curragh.

Jessica Harrington’s Kodiac colt was a 20-1 shot in the hands of Colm O’Donoghue and was soon bowling along at the head of affairs in a race won in recent years by the likes of Rip Van Winkle (2008), Gleneagles (2014) and Gustav Klimt (2017).

Guaranteed kept him honest as the post loomed, while Howling Ridge was flying at the finish, but Klute had enough in reserve to hold them at bay by half a length and the same.

Zorabad, the 5-2 favourite, was well beaten.

Harrington said: “I’m delighted with him. We’ve always liked him but it was a very, very smart maiden.

“He’s a smashing horse and Colm just said he was galloping along there in front, stayed on and did everything easily. It was very straightforward.

“He’s in the National Stakes. Other than that we’ll just take it step by step.”

Red Avenger (11-1) outmuscled Kailee in a tight finish to the Westgrove Hotel Handicap.

The former, trained by Damian English and ridden by Rory Cleary, stayed true and strong when it mattered to score by a short head.

English said: “It worked out a treat. He’s the sort of horse that could win a few on the bounce now.

“He’s in at Bellewstown on Wednesday but I’ll have to talk to Rory and we’ll wait and see.”

Joseph O’Brien and Wayne Lordan combined to land the 50,000 euro Lyndsey & Eleanor Comer Trust Handicap with Band Of Outlaws.

The 7-1 shot was under pressure racing inside the final two furlongs, but showed a willing attitude to go between horses late on and had just enough in reserve to hold the late thrust of Tony The Gent.

O’Brien said: “Wayne gave him a great ride. He ran very well here on Guineas weekend, when Donnacha was very happy with him, and he just had nowhere to go.

“Then he didn’t get in to the Britannia (at Royal Ascot). This was obviously a nice pot here on a good track.

“Galway is a possible. We’ll see what the handicapper does and go from there.”

Trailblazing Klute takes Curragh maiden for Jessica Harrington
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