Ballydoyle youngsters Fairyland and Van Beethoven impress at Naas

Royal Ascot on the agenda

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The Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Fairyland and Van Beethoven are pencilled in for Royal Ascot after claiming the first two races of the afternoon at Naas in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Fairyland was a 7-2 chance for her racecourse debut in the Coolmore No Nay Never Irish EBF Fillies Maiden and there was a lot to like about the way she quickened a length and three-quarters clear of her rivals late on.

Van Beethoven was the 1-2 favourite for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race after finishing third on his introduction three weeks ago and made every yard of the running on his way to a comprehensive success.

O’Brien said: “I was delighted with the filly (Fairyland). She is a an Ascot-type filly, but just needs experience.

“He (Van Beethoven) is still very green, but I’m delighted and he won well in the end.

“He will have learnt a bit there and we’ll try and get another run into him before Royal Ascot. He’s a fast horse.”

Natalia Lupini’s Blairmayne saw off fellow 4-1 joint-favourite Rattling Jewel in the Caragh Nurseries Handicap under Shane Foley.

Lupini said: “We weren’t surprised as he was working very well at home and Shane Foley thought in his work that he was quicker than last year. We came here with a good chance and the plan worked out alright.

“Hopefully we can have a good season with him.”

Ballydoyle youngsters Fairyland and Van Beethoven impress at Naas
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