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Childhood comes of age in Birdcatcher test


Childhood and Wayne Lordan wins for trainer Willie McCreery

Childhood and Wayne Lordan wins for trainer Willie McCreery

Childhood and Wayne Lordan wins for trainer Willie McCreery

Willie McCreery's Childhood wore down Spy Ring to claim a good prize in the At The Races European Breeders Fund Birdcatcher Premier Nursery Handicap at Naas.

Wayne Lordan timed it to perfection on the Godolphin-owned 10-1 winner, eventually getting to Spy Ring and Tinder with his mount responding in kind to get the verdict by a head from the former.

McCreery said: "She's run here twice before and each time was doing too much in front.

"She settled lovely today. I told Wayne to give her a cheeky ride and do the same as in Down Royal and that I won't mind if he gets there too late.

"I thought she would handle the ground and everything suited. Wayne thought she had a bit in hand at the line.

"She's a genuine little filly and had every option to cop out there today but stayed going to the line.

"It's great for the connections and I'm delighted as I haven't had a winner for them in a while.

"That'll be her for the year now. Now she's settling she should get further. We thought she was an out-and-out five-furlong filly early on, but we were doing the wrong thing with her."

Trevanna made it two wins from as many starts in the 100,000 euro Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Race.

The Kevin Prendergast-trained juvenile had made a winning debut at Down Royal last month and stayed on strongly for Chris Hayes to deny Cloistered and Massif Central by a neck and the same, having had to be dismounted at the start.

Hayes said of the 12-1 winner: "She was tough. She got a little bit warm in the prelims and there was a few struts that had to be removed so I just jumped off her. As soon as I did she started to drop and relax."

He added: "I thought I gave her a bad ride the first day, but the boss said to ride her the exact same way today.

"He wanted me to drop her in. When I came into the straight I said 'she'll pick up here'. I got there far too soon, but she's tough and gutsy.

"I just wanted a clear shot at it today and to keep her going in that ground.

"We'll see what he wants to do with her now. She just keeps surprising you at home how tough and hardy she is."