AIDAN O’Brien and Ryan Moore enjoyed a double at Navan that was initiated by the impressive Statuette on her debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) Maiden over an extended five furlongs.

The daughter of US Triple Crown winner Justify went off 11/10 favourite and collared her main market rival, Olivia Maralda, inside the final furlong, to give her sire a first winner in Europe. From there, she readily scored by three lengths for the Coolmore, Westerberg, Merriebelle Stables.

Stable representative Chris Armstrong said of the history-making filly: “She has always shown loads at home. She could be a filly for the Albany (at Royal Ascot). We’ll take her home and see, she’s a very big filly and we will see how she comes out of it.

“Obviously she is by Justify, an incredibly exciting sire - his first winner in Europe and he had a very good winner in America last weekend. We have some nice Justifys.”


The double was sealed by Newfoundland in the Navan Racecourse Maiden over a mile and five furlongs. This Deep Impact colt stepped up on a pair of runner-up finishes to get off the mark. Moore had to switch the 11/8 favourite out after running short of room a furlong and a half from home. Once in the clear, the duo hit the front in the final 100 yards to win by a length and a half for Smith, Magnier, Tabor and Westerberg.

Armstrong said: “He’s had a couple of decent runs in decent enough maidens. It was probably an okay maiden and we’ll go the handicap route with him.”

Curraheen Princess (10/3) beat Amazing Emma for the second time in a fortnight at Navan in the GAIN The Advantage Series Handicap over five furlongs.

Amazing Emma looked set to get her revenge when she travelled into the lead in the final furlong, however, Curraheen Princess surged home on the outer to win by half a length in the hands of Joe Doyle for owner Tom Egan.

“A very straightforward mare - she eats, sleeps and sprints!” trainer Nicky Stokes said.

“I thought she won with a bit in hand the other day. She’s very laid-back through her races, and travels and finishes well.”

Next stop Ascot for Yashin

JESSICA Harrington’s Yashin (4/1) built upon a Leopardstown handicap success when following up in the mile-and-a-quarter Royal County Handicap under Shane Foley.

He worked his way to the front in the final furlong of this premier handicap and found plenty in the closing stages to beat Vina Sena by a length and a half for the Tom & Gerry Met Mickey Syndicate.

Harrington said: “He’s a fine horse, he is much stronger than he was in Leopardstown. He has really come to himself and got strong.

“I’d be thinking Ascot if he could get into any of the three-year-old handicaps or even the Queen’s Vase over a mile and six furlongs.”

Wodao opened up a path to Royal Ascot after racing clear of his rivals in the Lynn Lodge Stud Irish EBF Maiden.

Age Of Kings was a notable non-runner, but there was no doubt that 2/1 favourite Wodao was impressive after making all for Gavin Ryan to draw three and a quarter lengths clear at the line.

Trainer Donnacha O’Brien said of the Atlantic Thoroughbreds colt: “We probably ran into Dad’s Norfolk horse (The Antarctic) twice so you could be running into Group 1 horses there, but at the same time I think that was a step up. We rode him more positively today and it worked better.

“He’s a nice horse so we will look at something like the Windsor Castle at Ascot if he comes out of that well.”

Coen’s claim helps Voice Of Angels

VOICE Of Angels took full advantage of a nice opportunity in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

Joseph O’Brien’s filly was comfortably the highest rated in the race on a mark of 95, and received the fillies’ allowance with Jake Coen also claiming 7lb off her back.

Joseph O’Brien’s filly made headway to lead a quarter of a mile out and powered home in the final furlong to score by three and a quarter lengths in John Camilleri’s silks.

Assistant trainer Brendan Powell said: “The idea was to ride her handy but he said she was a bit slow away, so he left her but she was the best in the race.

“She has a great pedigree, so hopefully we will now look for a bit of blacktype - a fillies’ Group 3 or a listed race and see what happens.”

O’Brien brought up his brace of winners on the card when Grecian Slipper justified 11/8 favouritism in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies & Mares Maiden over 10 furlongs.


Declan McDonogh sent the sent the filly on racing into the final couple of furlongs and she ran on well up the hill to post a three-and-a-quarter-length success in Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez’s colours.

Powell said: “I think you could go back to a mile or you could go up in trip if you wanted. Declan said she will come on again for the run in every way.

“She has got a very good pedigree so, knowing Joseph, he will be looking for a bit of blacktype. There’s no reason why she can’t improve enough to get blacktype.”

Jockey Amy Jo Hayes came in for praise from trainer Nigel Slevin after partnering Five Zeros to land the concluding Boyne Valley Family Raceday July 9 Handicap over a mile and a quarter.

The 5/1 joint favourite was always prominent before assuming the lead in the final quarter of a mile. She kept on well to deliver by two and a quarter lengths for owner Rory Slevin.

Trainer Slevin said: “She’s low-grade but Amy’s 10lb (claim) really helped her. She’s a small filly and light weights help her. We stepped her up in trip as Amy said the last day another bit further wouldn’t bother her. We took her advice.

“I think that is Amy’s 10lbs gone, she keeps them balanced and keeps them running.”