Astadash shows Gowran rivals a clean pair of heels

Astadash continued Jessica Harrington’s sensational run of form with victory in the feature event at Gowran Park on Saturday.

The Moone-based trainer enjoyed four winners across Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh last week, highlighted by the Group One triumphs of No Speak Alexander in the Matron and Discoveries in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

In the days that have followed, Harrington has enjoyed a double at Punchestown and trebles at both Naas and Dundalk, and she added another brace at Gowran for good measure.

Having filled the runner-up spot in the Listed Hurry Harriet Stakes over the same course and distance last month, Astadash was an 11-2 chance to go one better and claim Group Three honours in the Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes.

Always travelling well on the front end under Wayne Lordan, the four-year-old kicked clear in the home straight and was three lengths clear of 7-2 favourite Emaniya at the line.

Harrington said: ““She loves Gowran and ran a blinder here last time. She was very good today and I’m delighted that she’s now got big black type.

“She’s big and took a long time to come to herself.

“The dam is not around any more, so the owners will want to have her for the paddocks.”

Harrington then made it 14 winners in the space of a week when Bonte Moi (17-2) and Conor Hoban saw off better-fancied stablemate Goodnight Kiss in the closing Maiden.

She added: “It’s unreal – I feel I’m going to wake up sometime. It’s just amazing. The horses are running really, really well.

“Everyone at home is working hard and doing everything right.

“Shane (Foley who rode Goodnight Kiss) was reminding me in the parade ring beforehand that we thought she was our best two-year-old filly last year, but everything went wrong with her.

“She grew a lot and I’d say she’s only coming into her own strength now.

“She probably needs to go a mile and a half and we might try to get some black type with her.”