Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Sailors enjoys Navan cruise

Sailors Swan, right, won on his first start of the season at Navan

Sailors Swan made a successful seasonal debut when landing the Come Racing On June 14th Maiden at Navan in some style.

Dermot Weld's colt was fourth to Ebanoran at the Curragh on his sole juvenile outing, form well advertised when the John Oxx-trained winner passed the post first in the Derrinstown Derby Trial recently before being demoted.

The son of Henrythenavigator only needed to be pushed out by Pat Smullen to beat Body Beautiful by a ready three and a half lengths.

Weld said of the 11-8 favourite: "He did it well, Pat said the ground was beautiful.

"The rain left it really nice, it had changed to good to firm this morning and I was a little bit worried as he likes to get his toe in, but I was happy when I walked the track that it was safe. He was fit and knew his job.

"He'll go for a handicap now and that trip is about right for him, we ran him over seven furlongs as a two-year-old and we thought we'd come back in trip with him."

Christina Simpson enjoyed a moment to remember as she rode her fist ever winner on Above The Law (16-1) in the Navan Family Day Handicap.

The 20-year-old, who claims 10lb and is from Tynan in County Armagh, was in front from an early stage on the Andrew Oliver-trained gelding and did really well to keep all at bay as the challengers loomed from two out. Chillie Billie got closest but was still a length and a half down at the line.

Oliver said: "That's great. He's been a good servant and he likes that sort of ground. We put the blinkers on as he was getting a bit clever.

"It's all about Christina, I'm delighted for her. She's been with me three or four years, she's great girl and a great worker. Fair play to her, she gave it a great ride."

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