Sioux Nation breezes to impressive maiden success at Cork
Royal Ascot could be on the agenda for Sioux Nation after he opened his account with an impressive success in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Cork.
Aidan O'Brien's colt certainly had the form to take the opening race on the card following two encouraging previous displays and was sent off the 2-11 favourite to make it third time lucky in the hands of Seamus Heffernan.
Although a little keen in the early exchanges, Heffernan cut a confident figure throughout and must have been impressed with the way his mount quickened three and three quarter lengths clear of Yulong Warrior once angled out at the furlong pole.
The winning jockey said afterwards: "He's massive and possibly still immature but I like the feel he gave me.
"He's improving and that's the way you want them."
O'Brien doubled his tally on the night when Venezuela took the Buy Online @ corkracecourse.ie Maiden by two lengths.
Despite still looking green, the 7-4 favourite always had eventual runner-up Moritzburg in his sights and took over with around a furlong to run.
The son of Galileo was inclined to wander around in the closing stages but was comfortably holding his rivals and looks the type to progress as he steps up in class.
Things were less straightforward for Yolo Star (11-4) who was forced to pull out all the stops when getting off the mark in the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.
Johnny Murtagh's filly was smartly away from the gates and into her work and looked set to win comfortably when seeing off market leader Could It Be Love inside the final 200 yards.
However, Damselfly produced a surging late run and Yolo Star was all out to score by a head.
Murtagh said: "Pat (Smullen) said she was feeling the effects from her run at the Curragh and just emptied in the last 50 yards.
"She's not overly big but she's tough and she's genuine and I'm just delighted to get another juvenile winner on the board."
Blue Bounty (8-1) bounced back to form when coming out on top in the Cork Racecourse Apprentice Handicap while The Mallow Town Summer BBQ Evening July 14th Handicap was won handsomely by Patuano at odds of 10-1.
Hillcrest Fire (11-4) made it fourth time lucky when landing the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden by three and three quarter lengths.