Weekend Takeaways from Navan and Naas

Monday, May 20, 2019
Soffia ridden by Declan McDonogh

Day to remember for Lynams
Yesterday was a day the Lynams will never forget after Declan McDonogh kept his own rich vein of form going when steering Soffia to a one-and-a-half length victory in the Listed Sole Power Sprint Stakes.

Sole Power was a multiple Group 1-winning sprinter who helped catapult his trainer Eddie Lynam to a new level, and the Dunshaughlin handler was delighted to garner the contest he co-sponsored along with Sole Power’s owner, Sabina Power.

To do it with Soffia, who he bought from his daughter added to the thrill of the occasion, particularly as the Lady O’Reilly-owned filly was Amy’s first pinhook, purchased for €16,000 as a foal. 

Amy made a healthy profit as her father forked out €52,000 for Soffia as a yearling but that is money well spent now, with the daughter of Kyllachy – also Sole Power’s sire – having accumulated more than €170,000 in prizemoney to date and with this stakes victory, added to her value considerably as a future broodmare.

Twomey in tune
Paddy Twomey’s transition from trader to trainer continues apace, though his eye for young talent remains a significant strength as evidenced by Double Martini’s triumph in the navanadventruecentre.ie Maiden at Navan on Saturday.

That was a fifth winner from 11 runners for the Cashel-based conditioner, who has enjoyed success as a breeder, pinhooker and breeze-up consignor before taking out a licence in 2012.

This year, Twomey has increased the membership of Athassel House Stables considerably with a view to establishing himself as a trainer first and foremost, though it is likely that at least some of his two-year-old winners will continue to be sold to finance the operation.

It is evident that his eye for potential is matched by his ability to guide it however, and with entries in both the Irish 2000 and 1000 Guineas this weekend, Twomey is clearly bound for a new, more exalted level.

First for Roche
Pádraig Roche has enjoyed a very successful start to his training career since taking over the reins from his legendary father Christy in January 2018. He got off the mark the following month when Out Of The Loop was first past the post in the Tommy Carberry Handicap Hurdle at Fairyhouse and built on that with 11 victories last season.
Saturday provided another landmark success courtesy of Walking On Glass in the Troytown Bar Handicap at Navan.
This was Roche’s first Flat triumph and it was recorded in facile fashion, Gary Halpin driving the handicap debutant owned by the Fivers & Tenners Syndicate clear approaching the furlong market and having just under three lengths to spare at the death.

Tylickis’ popular winner as Ryan signs off
Madeleine Tylicki made it two winners from 14 runners when Port Lions provided in-form jockey Billy Lee with his 13th success of the season in the Thank You Tom Ryan Handicap at Naas yesterday. The Kodiac gelding moved through powerfully in the final furlong to prevail with a length and a half in hand from Eastern Racer.
Tylicki runs a tight ship in her yard outside Newbridge but has shown since training her first winner, First To Boogie in a handicap hurdle at Punchestown in November 2016, that she is very shrewd.

Port Lions was her seventh Flat Turf winner in Ireland from a very select representation and there is a strong prospect that she will at least match if not better her return of three winners from 23 runners two years ago.
The trainer’s brother, former jockey Freddie is part of The Lions Partnership, which owns the four-year-old, and he was in attendance to receive the presentation from racecourse manager Tom Ryan.

Ryan is signing off after a reign that has coincided with the development of Naas as one Ireland’s premier tracks, to take up a new post in Saudi Arabia.

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