Indigo Balance strikes Curragh gold for Jessica Harrington

Newcomer takes maiden prize under Colm O’Donoghue

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Indigo Balance made a winning debut in the opening Tally Ho Stud Irish EBF (C & G) Maiden at the Curragh.

Trained by Jessica Harrington, Indigo Balance was sent off a 7-1 shot in the hands of Colm O’Donoghue and he was well in control as the field entered the last of the six furlongs.

While Decrypt set out in pursuit, he finished a length and a half adrift with Vidiyni in third, beaten another length and a quarter.

Cardini was sent off the 100-30 favourite for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore but never really figured in the shake up.

Harrington said: “He was very good. He’s a smashing horse with a lovely temperament.

“He had been up to Dundalk for the barrier trial and had run very well there, so he was like a colt today that had had a run already. He was very professional.

“He’s very straightforward at home and has just always been a really nice colt.

“I’ve no idea where he’ll go now. I have to talk to Michael (Donohoe, bloodstock consultant) and Mr Zhang (Yuesheng,owner). It’s lovely to get a winner for him first time out. I have five horses for him and he’s had two winners and a third now.

“He did it fairly easily and loved the ground. He’s a very easy horse to run because you can switch him off and he can put him exactly where he wants.

“He went one way and then another way and then got a run. When he got to the front it’s wide open spaces, he took a bit of a look and then put his head down and galloped to the line.

“I suppose we’ll have to look at Ascot for him now.”

Kevin Prendergast’s Aared (14-1) ran out a ready winner of the K Club Handicap.

Having his first run for 339 days, the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned six-year-old was ridden positively by 7lb apprentice Dylan Hogan.

He kicked clear two furlongs out and was still well clear of Espoir D’Soleil at the line.

“He’s a grand old horse and we’ve had him since he was a baby,” said Prendergast.

“He’s had plenty of problems over the years and has been operated on for his wind twice.

“He’s had all sorts of problems but he’s been a great lead horse. He used to lead Awtaad and he’s leading Alghabrah now, so hopefully she runs as well as he did and does something similar or near enough.

“Dylan is a good rider. He’s gone back to 7lb now which is a big help to him and hopefully he’ll go on from here.”

Indigo Balance strikes Curragh gold for Jessica Harrington
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