TEXAS HOLDS THEM AT NAVAN
09 October 2017
were three Listed contests on the card at Navan Racecourse yesterday and two of
the three were won by Irish-bred horses. TEXAS ROCK (IRE) triumph in the Listed Testimonial Stakes came as a
mild surprise at odds of 16-1 but the soft ground seemed to suit the Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) gelding and
a strong ride from jockey Fran Berry saw off the challenge from Son Of Rest to
win by a neck.
The Joe Keeling-owned six-year-old won the Listed Owenstown Stud
Stakes at Naas Racecourse last May in similar fashion. TEXAS ROCK (IRE) is from
the family of Group 2 winner Sir Prancealot (IRE) and Group 3 Princess Margret
Stakes runner-up Rosabee (IRE). Bred and trained by Michael C. Grassick it has been
reported that the plan is to go for the Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown for
his final run of the year.
The final Listed race
of the day on the card was the Staffordstown Stud Stakes which went to the
Aidan O’Brien trained filly BYE BYE BABY
(IRE). The two-year-old daughter of multiple champion sire Galileo (IRE)
has shown progression since she broke her maiden in Newmarket last month and
also since her second run behind Ballet Shoes (IRE) in the Flame Of Tara Stakes. This
time around the she was hardly challenged and landed the Listed event
comfortably under jockey Donnacha O’Brien. BYE BYE BABY (IRE) is out of
Remember When (IRE), herself a half-sister to Castle Hyde stallion Dylan Thomas
(IRE) and 1,000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen (IRE).