Even So helps Keane retain title advantage

Thursday, Sep 26 2019

Colin Keane remained one ahead of Donnacha O’Brien after the title rivals both partnered a winner apiece on the card at Gowran Park on Thursday afternoon.

It was first blood to Keane as he moved on to 88 for the season when Even So ran out an impressive winner of the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) Maiden.

The Camelot filly was sent to post a 5-4 shot after a promising debut effort at Tipperary, and duly obliged.

Keane sent his mount to the lead after a couple of furlongs and she stretched away from her rivals in the straight to record a three-and-three-quarter-length win.

Ger Lyons was training his first winner in the colours of Coolmore supremo John Magnier and said afterwards: “There is no need to rush anything, she is a work in progress and she’ll only improve for a winter and 10 furlongs at the minimum.”

Donnacha O’Brien also carried the famous dark blue silks when Mythical, trained by his father, Aidan, ran out an impressive winner of the colts and geldings maidens.

Another progeny of Camelot, the 9-4 joint-favourite was to the fore throughout and powered clear in the closing stages for an eight-and-a-half-length win.

“He is a beautiful horse and i think he has a lot of ability,” said the winning rider.

It proved a very good day for the sire Camelot as Istoria gave him a third winner on the card when taking the nine-furlong maiden.

The Joe Murphy-trained filly was sent off 5-2 favourite and was driven into the lead two furlongs out by Gary Carroll before going on to score by a length and a half.

Ado McGuinness is enjoying a memorable season and Bowerman rewarded an outlay of 52,000gns at the July Sales when getting on top late to land the Listen To The Beat Race.

The son of Dutch Art was making his fourth start for his new connections and benefited from a strong drive by Ronan Whelan to grab Ideal Pal close home for a half-length win.

Lady In Lavender turned the first division of the apprentice handicap into a procession when running out an easy winner.

Joey Sheridan was easing down close home on Denis Hogan’s charge as she posted a five-length win.

Hogan and Sheridan were denied a quick double in the second heat as Tuamhain held Conversant at bay.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained filly hit the lead over a furlong from home and stuck on well for Shane Crosse to win by half a length.

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