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Sir Lucan outdoes Wordsworth in Yeats Stakes

Aidan O’Brien’s Sir Lucan just edged out his better-fancied stablemate Wordsworth in a tough tussle for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Yeats Stakes at Navan.

Sir Lucan is on the fringes of the Derby reckoning for his powerhouse stable, but was only eighth in a trial on his return at Sandown last month.

He was sent off at 11-2 this time – with Wordsworth the 8-15 favourite – but he just got the better of the argument in a driving finish.

Wordsworth, having just his third start as opposed to Sir Lucan’s fifth, took up the running before halfway in the one-mile-five-furlong Listed contest and then tried to run the finish out of the chasing pack.

He saw off all but one – with Sir Lucan challenging alongside eventual third Party House two furlongs out and then battling on just the best to win by a neck under Wayne Lordan.

The winning jockey said: “He had a very good run to finish fourth in a Group Two as a two-year-old, and he was always going to come forward a lot when stepping up in trip.

“He stayed very well. We went a good even gallop, he travelled, quickened and dug deep. I hit the line well.”

Wordsworth’s jockey Seamie Heffernan had less to smile about.

He said: “One word – disappointing.

“I thought we might as well go a gallop and see what does and doesn’t stay.

“The winner was fourth in a Group Two on slow ground, and when there is an ease in the ground it’s going to suit him. My horse was disappointing – there is no other comment I can give.”

O’Brien earlier struck with yet another smart Caravaggio youngster as The Entertainer took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Heffernan had to wait for a suitable gap, but when it came the 9-4 joint-favourite really picked up to gather in Albion Square to win by a cosy length and a half.

His rider said: “It was tight at the business end, but when he got the gap his class kicked in, with his speed.

“Hopefully he’ll progress and be on the plane to Ascot. He’s got plenty of pace and hopefully he’ll stay.

“Caravaggio is a top-class stallion, I’m liking his progeny.”

Wordsworth delivers as O’Brien and Moore dominate

A Classic trial could be on the agenda for Wordsworth after he provided one of four wins for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore at the Curragh on Saturday.

The Galileo colt is a full-brother to St Leger winner Kew Gardens and had made a promising start for the Ballydoyle team when chasing home stablemate and Cazoo Derby favourite High Definition at this track in August.

Beaten just three-quarters of a length on that occasion, he was sent off the evens favourite to open his account in the TRI Equestrian Irish EBF Maiden over 10 furlongs.

Moore had him settled in second behind Sunwalk in the early stages – and while Wordsworth took a bit of time to hit top gear in the straight, when he found his stride he pulled clear in decent style, beating Agrimony by two lengths.

O’Brien said: “A mile and a quarter is as short as he’d want to go. He was working very lazy, and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. He’s always behind the bridle, and I wasn’t sure if he was fit enough.

“Ryan said it was nice the other horse led him today and he felt when he got him out that he was always going to win.

“He had a good blow, and I think he’ll come on from that run – horses that are lazy usually do.

“If he progresses in time for a trial then we’ll put him in, but you would imagine it would have to be a mile and a half.”

O’Brien and Moore had kicked off their winning spree with Glounthaune in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

The 9-4 joint favourite was always to the fore in the six-furlong heat – and when challenged by fellow market leader Castle Star, he dug deep to win by a neck, with Kirsapp two and a quarter lengths back in third.

O’Brien said: “He’s a nice horse, and we’ve always liked him. He’ll go for a winners’ race now – and then maybe look at Ascot.

“He gets six well and looks like he’ll get seven.”

O’Brien and Moore also won the Group Three features, the TRI Equestrian Gladness Stakes and Holden Plant Rentals Alleged Stakes, with Lancaster House and Broome respectively.

Royal Ascot could also be on the agenda for Cheerupsleepyjean (5-2) following her two-and-a-quarter-length win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race for Fozzy Stack and Chris Hayes.

Stack said: “She had been working well but hadn’t been away anywhere. There is probably plenty of improvement in her, because she was quite green in front.

“She’s a fast filly, and six furlongs is probably as far as she’ll ever get.

“It’s Noel O’Callaghan’s family, and she’s related to Dandy Man and Sandhurst Goddess.

“Hopefully she’ll come back here (on May 3) for a Listed race in about a fortnight. She might make into a Queen Mary or Albany filly.

“She did her best to get beat in the first furlong and a half. She was a bit startled and lit up. She is usually fairly relaxed at home and hopefully she will learn from that and be more professional the next day.”

Raise You (9-2) led home a one-two for Joseph O’Brien in an eventful Tesoro Vita Handicap.

The winner drifted across the track under 5lb claimer Dylan Browne McMonagle, impeding Tauran Shaman in particular, but still fended off Fame And Acclaim by a neck.

The stewards looked into the race, but allowed the result to stand.

Abeona sprang an 80-1 shock for Jimmy Coogan and Oisin Orr in the TRI Equestrian Superstore & Cafe Irish EBF Maiden.

Coogan said: “She’s a grand filly and came to us from Sarah Lynam. She had a few stalls issues and we had to get her re-certed.

“If we can keep her mind right, there is probably a bit more to get out of her. She’s tricky and you have to give her kid-glove treatment.

“I gave her an each-way chance, but I didn’t think she was going to go and do it like that. If I did then I would have had a few quid on her!”

Brave Display (18-1) won the closing Equine Products UK Handicap.