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Mironica on the mark

Mironica led home a 1-2 for the David Wachman stable in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Naas.

The daughter of Excellent Art attracted plenty of support on this racecourse introduction and was sent off the 7-2 joint-favourite.

She travelled strongly and lengthened well when Billy Lee asked, establishing a winning margin with a good turn of speed at the furlong marker.

Stable companion True Verdict went in pursuit but never really looked like getting there and was still half a length adrift at the line.

Wachman said: "They are two smart fillies. We will see how they come out of this and how they progress. They have plenty of options.

"Billy gave the winner a lovely ride, nice and gentle, and Seamie (Heffernan) did the same.

"The ground was quick enough for the winner but the other one seems to go on anything. The winner travelled well, got there too soon but had plenty left."

Greek Canyon swooped fast and late under Gary Carroll to land the Naas Racecourse Handicap for Ger Lyons.

Paul Deegan's Irish 1000 Guineas entry Caprella looked the most likely winner when opening up a gap inside the final furlong, but Lyons' 14-1 shot engaged top gear and cut her down in the shadows of the post.

Lyons said: "He is a lovely little horse and that was his third win. He is very genuine. He has been leading the two-year-olds at home and he does everything we ask of him. That type of trip over six or seven furlongs suits him."


From Belfast Telegraph