Emily Moon off the mark in style at Naas

Saturday, Feb 9 2019

Emily Moon enjoyed enterprising tactics adopted by Robbie Power – on his only ride of the day – to take division one of the Cavan Developments Maiden Hurdle at Naas virtually unchallenged.

Power had Jessica Harrington’s mare in front very quickly and she soon built up a handy lead as she powered home by 14 lengths from Debuchet, the 7-4 favourite, with Sky Marshal three-quarters of a length away in third.

“I was very impressed with her,” said Power.

“She’s improved a good bit and probably dropping back half a mile in trip suited her better as she loves jumping out and rolling. Over two miles you can let her go, you’re not worried about the trip.

“Coming back to two suited her. She jumped super bar one mistake four out, she’s good and brave and attacks her hurdles.

“I couldn’t hear in the wind if there was anything coming so I kept the revs up and when I looked around half up the run-in I couldn’t believe how far clear I was. It was a good performance.”

Kate Harrington, assistant to her mother, said: “We’re delighted to get her off the mark over jumps. She won her bumper very impressively in Cork, but has taken a while to get her jumping together.

“The plan today was to bowl along like she did when she won her bumper.

“We’ll probably go in search of some black type now. We’ll see if we can get another run into her before Cheltenham – she might be one for the mares’ novice.”

Advantage Point (5-1) battled back in determined fashion to win division two from the frustrating All For Joy, who was finishing second for the sixth time in seven starts.

Robbie Colgan had Advantage Point up close to the lead, but All For Joy looked to have his measure at the final flight only to be outgunned by Eddie Harty’s charge, who got the verdict by a length.

Harty said: “He’s a nice horse and I’ve always liked him.

“Even though he’s six I still think he’s a baby and he’s one I’m looking forward to for the future.

“We’ll probably have to step him up now. We’ll do that for the rest of the year and see what it brings.

“He’ll probably end up going chasing, that will be his game.”

He added: “He’ll step up in distance when he has to. Robbie said he could have gone a bit quicker even. If you can do that you’ll pick up your share of prize-money in those graded races.

“Robbie said he had a blow between the last two and he’ll come on from it.

“He had plenty of opportunity to throw in the towel if he wanted after missing the last, but he didn’t and he won well in the finish.”

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