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.”

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