COLIN Keane and Ger Lyons scored a quick double in the last two contests of a very informative flat card at Naas, joining Oisín Orr and Newtown Anner Stud as the fixture’s primary beneficiaries.
Soul Search went into the concluding three-year-old fillies’ maiden with a rating of 105, having only been beaten a head by 1000 Guineas Love on her juvenile debut and subsequently been placed in two Group 2s, while also only two lengths in arrears of Love in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.
She made her seasonal reappearance in the Irish 1000 Guineas and was far from disgraced, though never competitive.
All that ensured that the Newtown Anner-owned filly went off a 2/5 favourite and she justified that confidence, ridden with plenty of confidence by Keane to prevail without being given a hard time although Ya Beauty did keep her honest.
Edward Hopper (4/6f) was very courageous to nab the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden by a short-head, fighting back up the inner after it had appeared that Ben Coen had stolen the contest on Aztec Parade.
Coen had gotten on the board in an ultra-competitive three-year-old fillies’ maiden with stakes-placed Pronouncement (6/4f) for red-hot trainer Johnny Murtagh.
The talented Tipperary rider was made to work though as Na Blianta Beo, who finished fourth in a listed race recently, came with a late flourish but Pronouncement was a willing partner who stuck her head out bravely to win by that distance.
Oisín Orr recorded an earlier double, while also supplying Newtown Anner Stud with the first leg of their brace, when the Dermot Weld-trained Hightimeyouwon (3/1f) held off Papa Bear despite having been off the track for a year to claim the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden for colts and geldings aged three and older.
Earlier, Orr had combined with Dick Brabazon to garner the Naas Handicap, Son And Sannie (7/2) bolting up by three and a half lengths in the five-furlong contest.
Dark Magic (11/2) was on his best behaviour after refusing to load at this track on Saturday and rewarded trainer Johnny Levins for his patience to score from Accladora, with Donagh O’Connor doing the steering.
The Irish EBF Median Sires Series Maiden went to Dacesa (11/10) who overcame immaturity to win by a head from Blueberry Faygo for Jessica Harrington and jockeys’ championship pacesetter, Shane Foley.