LISTED DOUBLE FOR JESSICA HARRINGTON
21 May 2018
Ladies Day at Naas Racecourse on
Sunday saw an action-packed card which featured a Group 3 affair and three
Listed contests. The first Listed event of the day was the Owenstown Stud
Stakes over seven furlongs, which went the way of the Jessica
Harrington-trained BROTHER BEAR (IRE). Ridden by Colm O’Donoghue, he went to
the front turning for home and quickened in the final-quarter to retain his
advantage of a length and a half over Riyazan (IRE).
The Mill House-owned bay had
returned an encouraging third in the Listed Tetrarch Stakes at the same venue
just three weeks ago, following a 211 day break after his juvenile career. The three-year old colt was
already a Stakes winner, having won the Listed Marble Hill Stakes at the
Curragh on just his second start of his two-year-old campaign.
Bred by Martin White, BROTHER
BEAR (IRE) is a son of Tally-Ho Stud's record-breaking sire Kodiac out of a daughter to the
Listed winner Victoria, herself the dam of six winners including Listed Rochestown
Stakes scorer King Hesperus and Listed Busanda Stakes third Lady Clara. Listed
winner and Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains runner-up Nobel Minstrel is from
the extended family.
Later that evening Jessica
Harrington secured a Listed race double when SERVALAN (IRE) led home a
Commonstown Stables one-two in the Sprint Stakes. Racing keenly at the back of
the seven-runner field in the hands of Seamie Heffernan, the two-year-old filly
began to make headway from halfway and quickened smartly in the closing stages
to run down stablemate Chicas Amigas (IRE).
The Vimal Khosla-owned bay, who
was sourced at Goffs Orby Sale for €50,000 was providing Coolmore first season
sire No Nay Never with a fourth individual winner and a first Stakes winner.
Bred by Noeleen McCreevy from Derrymore Farm she is out of the Listed
performing mare Catch The Eye (IRE) and from the family of Group 3 Tattersalls
Musidora Stakes victor Secret History.
All roads now lead to Royal Ascot
for the pair of fillies, SERVALAN (IRE) and Chicas Amigas (IRE) as Jessica
Harrington revealed “They are both very good and will go to Ascot although I’m
not sure in what races they will run and we will see nearer the time.”