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Ponfeigh comes home from Navan with victory

Updated: Saturday, 14 Jun 2014 19:34 | Comments

John Oxx's Ponfeigh took victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race
John Oxx's Ponfeigh took victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race

John Oxx looks to have a smart three-year-old on his hands after Ponfeigh impressed in winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race at Navan.

Third to classy stablemate Ebanoran on his debut last season, the grey son of Teofilo picked up his maiden at Leopardstown earlier this month and was sent off the 15-8 favourite for an event that had attracted four highly promising sorts.

Declan McDonogh sat happily in last spot until the furlong marker, where Ponfeigh displayed an eyecatching turn of foot to pick off the other three and go clear to beat the front-running Nonchalant by two and three-quarter lengths.

Dick Whittington was turned over at long odds-on at the Curragh last time, but there were no alarms for supporters of Aidan O'Brien's juvenile this time as he stamped his authority on the Lynn Lodge Stud EBF Median Auction Race.

Previous winner Dandyleekie shared the lead with Spirit Of Wedza for most of the way, with Joseph O'Brien sitting in third on the 1-2 favourite, and the Ballydoyle colt sprinted past approaching the furlong pole to win by four and a quarter lengths.

Dermot Weld's Carla Bianca (7-2), who ran Derby hero Australia close on her racecourse bow last season, began to live up to her promise when she cleared away from the two-furlong pole to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden by five lengths in the hands of Pat Smullen.

Shipyard looked booked for second when More Questions swept up to him in the Come Racing Friday 11th July Handicap, but Andy Oliver's 3-1 favourite has been running over further and he battled on well under Gary Carroll to score by a head.

There was another tight finish in the www.navanracecourse.ie Handicap and it went to 10lb claimer Ian Queally on the Pat Flynn-trained Les Darcy (25-1), who collared Shinyhappyjohn on the line for a nose verdict.

Harry Rogers' eight-year-old Calm Bay (16-1) won on turf for the first time as he led all the way in the Follow Navan Racecourse On Twitter Apprentice Handicap.

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