Arthurian Fame takes starring role at Navan

Joseph O’Brien sends out two winners headlined by Ascot entry

  • Wednesday 06 June
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Royal Ascot entry Arthurian Fame and Pedisnap gave trainer Joseph O’Brien a double at Navan on Wednesday.

Arthurian Fame was sent off the 4-11 favourite for the Hospitality Packages At Navan Racecourse Maiden, having finished second on his two previous starts, and he made no mistake in the hands of Donnacha O’Brien this time.

The Camelot colt bounced out in front and kept on nicely when asked for an effort in the closing stages to post a two-and-a-quarter-length success over Laajidaal.

Arthurian Fame is entered in the King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot and the winning rider said: “He had the rating and as long as Declan’s (McDonogh) filly hadn’t stepped up a massive amount, I thought I’d win.

“I got it easy in front and it’s nice to get a win into him. He quickens up nicely and he’s uncomplicated. Hopefully he’ll progress from that run.”

The O’Briens had earlier teamed up with Pedisnap (11-8 favourite) in the Follow Navan Racecourse On Twitter Handicap.

A winner at Gowran last week, Pedisnap had to settle for second at the same track on Monday but prevailed by a length and a half on this occasion.

The rider said: “She was a bit unlucky the last day. She won well before that. Things worked out well today and she won nicely.”

The siblings came close to making it a third victory together as Camile was beaten four and a half lengths by 14-1 Spiral Galaxy in the Mid Summer Raceday July 14th Handicap.

However, Donnacha O’Brien did enjoy a treble on the day, having taken the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden through Gossamer Wings for his father, Aidan.

The twice-raced youngster was sent off at 4-6 and cut out the early pace with stablemate Fantasy.

As the latter dropped away, the Scat Daddy filly was pushed all the way by Rita Levi but stuck to her guns well to hold on by half a length.

Speaking after dismounting, O’Brien said: “She had a good run the last day in what was probably a good maiden.

“The step back to five was no problem to her. I got there too soon and she got a bit lonely in front, but when the other horse came to me she went away again.”

Arthurian Fame takes starring role at Navan
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