Cappella in Marble Hill cruise
Cappella Sansevero took his unbeaten record to three with an impressive performance in the Cold Move EBF Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh.
His task was made much easier when likely red-hot favourite The Great War was withdrawn on account of the ground, but there was still much to like about the Ger Lyons-trained two-year-old (4-6 favourite), who had previously won at Dundalk and Naas.
Held up through the early stages by Gary Carroll as Coto led, he made smooth progress over a furlong and a half out when pulled out for his challenge. The writing was on the wall at the furlong pole and he swept past 150 yards from home, winning by three and a quarter lengths from Sors.
Lyons said: "In a nutshell, he was professional. We've done Dundalk, we've done horrible ground in Naas and now horrendous ground at the Curragh. Gary said he was hating the ground and his hooves were spinning early on.
"I told him to ride him like a good horse and take him off the bridle as late as possible. They say good horses can go on any ground, but I know he was hating that.
"He'll go five or six furlongs, but at the moment my gut feeling is the Norfolk Stakes (Royal Ascot). Hopefully the wheels don't fall off the wagon, but I'm happy with where he is at the moment.
"I want as many as possible of my team to go to Ascot - it's our Cheltenham - but unfortunately it's at the start of the season and we're trying to fit square pegs into round holes a bit. There's some nice races here and it's not the be all and end all, but at the minute mine are being aimed at Ascot."