Easter Lily takes top honours in Naas Oaks Trial

O’Brien filly too good for better-fancied rivals

  • Wednesday 27 June
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Easter Lily ran out a surprise 16-1 winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Naas Oaks Trial on Wednesday evening.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly was without a victory in five previous starts this season, but travelled nicely in this 10-furlong Listed affair in behind horses for Wayne Lordan.

Hasimiyya had led through the early stages, with her stablemate Romiyna in fourth, and while the latter came wide to make her challenge turning into the straight, the 3-1 favourite never really picked up in the manner that might have been expected.

It was Mary Tudor who struck the front approaching the final furlong and while she kept to her task well, Lordan’s mount quickened in some style between horses once a gap came, going on to score by a length.

Another O’Brien runner, Sizzling, was a further half-length back in third.

Lordan said: “She’s been running at Listed and Group Three level and running OK. Today worked out well, as I was able to go down through them.

“She doesn’t do a whole pile when she gets there, so going down through them was a big help. She’s genuine and tough.”

When asked it if it was a surprise, he added: “Not really, she works nicely at home and she’s been running well, as I said. They all have their turn and today was her turn.”

The winner holds an entry in the Irish Oaks and Lordan said: “She’s been busy all year and she may as well keep going now.”

O’Brien had earlier struck with the well-bred Secret Thoughts in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) Maiden.

The 7-4 joint-favourite had a head to spare at the line over fellow market leader Rita Levi.

Winning rider Donnacha O’Brien said: “She’s a lovely filly, a little bit green and probably needed the last run fitness-wise more than some of ours, but she stepped up nicely and I like her.

“I’d have rather gone seven or even a mile with her. This maiden came up on a bit of nice ground, at a decent track, so it suited her well and it’s nice to see her being able to do it over six.

“Her mother (Irish Oaks winner Chicquita) was obviously famously a bit quirky and War Fronts can sometimes be a little bit the same. She’s keeping it under wraps at the minute, so hopefully we can keep her like that.”

Easter Lily takes top honours in Naas Oaks Trial
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