Colombo charts way home
Cristoforo Colombo initiated a treble for Aidan O'Brien and his jockey son Joseph when he took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Navan on his racecourse debut.
Despite being uneasy in the market and the last into the stalls, the son of Henrythenavigator was smartly away and struck the front a furlong and a half from home.
The 7-2 shot took a couple of lengths out of the field in a matter of strides, and though favourite Scream Blue Murder made inroads in the closing stages, she was still a length and a half down at the line.
O'Brien jnr said of the juvenile, who is likely to head for Royal Ascot: "He jumped and travelled well and was quite green in front. He's by Henrythenavigator, who was a good moving horse, and he would appreciate a bit faster ground."
The Ballydoyle team notched a double ahead of the feature race victory of Fame And Glory when Offer landed the odds in the navanracecourse.ie Maiden.
The 1-9 shot, second on his debut at Tipperary earlier this month, ran his rivals ragged as he opened his account with the minimum of fuss. A Montjeu colt, he only had to be pushed out to come home four and a quarter lengths ahead of newcomer Civil War.
Muredach Kelly's My Girl Anna (9-2 favourite) just held the late thrust of Luisant to register her second course and distance success in the navanracecourse.ie Handicap. She had to be driven right out by Rory Cleary and the post came just in time as she got the verdict by a nose.
The jockey said: "She's always knocking on the door. We decided to change tactics a bit today and held on to her for a while. She just held on in the finish, but she deserved it.".
Andrew Oliver's Jazz Girl (5-1) was a game winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Handicap under Chris Hayes, running on with great resolution in the closing stages to hold Strandfield Lady by half a length.
The trainer said: "Chris gave her a great ride and she did it well. I was a bit worried beforehand about the ground, but it dried up and she has done it well from the front. We'll give her a few weeks' break and she'll continue handicapping around that trip."