NAAS was a fruitful ground for Darley stallions, past and present, and the feature race on the card was the Group 3 Lodge Park EBF Park Express Stakes. It was won by Lemista, bred by Drumlin Bloodstock at the Motherway’s Yellowford Farm and sold as a foal to Gaelic Bloodstock for €16,000. Also a winner at two, this daughter of Raven’s Pass (Elusive Quality) could well be a classic hope.

It would seem that Raven’s Pass is really getting into his stride as a stallion, and he may not continue to be available at his current fee of €10,000, a quarter of what he started out at when he retired to stud. Recent years have seen the emergence of three Group 1 winners, while Lemista, his first group winner in Ireland, is one of 14 such winners.