Tango dances in at Navan

Royal Ascot may be on agenda for O’Brien filly

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Tango lived up to her long odds-on billing in Navan’s Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden – to keep her name in Aidan O’Brien’s Royal Ascot calculations.

The Albany or the Queen Mary are possibilities after Tango, a daughter of No Nay Never, quickened smartly from over a furlong out under Donnacha O’Brien to justify a price of 1-6 and defeat But You Said by two and a half lengths on her second start.

The winning jockey said: “I don’t know how good of a race it was. But it felt very easy today, and I’m sure she’s smart – definitely a black-type class filly.”

Tinandali was by far the widest-margin winner on the seven-race card, routing his two opponents in the concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

The 4-5 favourite relished the easier ground, in the colours of the Aga Khan for Dermot Weld, as he bounced back from his Curragh disappointment last month.

Asserting from the front in the final quarter mile under Oisin Orr, the Oasis Dream colt was far too good as Goddess disappointed again and Invasion Day therefore came through for second close home.

Future options are open for Tinandali, but Weld described him as “a very talented colt” and his performance “very impressive.”

There was further joy for Aidan O’Brien followers in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden – but it was the outsider of his three runners, Royal Lytham (10-1), who landed the spoils under Seamie Heffernan.

A son of first-season sire Gleneagles, Royal Lytham overcame trouble in running and picked up well in the closing stages to collar Dark Vader by three-quarters of a length as the Donnacha O’Brien-ridden United Front (4-7 favourite) floundered back in fourth.

Heffernan said: “You’d like his attitude – attitude is a big plus, and he’s one of them that could be anything. He won very easily.”

Tango dances in at Navan
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