Navan cruise for Sailors
Last Updated: 18/05/14 5:44pm
Dandyleekie and Gary Carroll begin to get on top at Navan
Sailors Swan made a successful seasonal debut when landing the Come Racing On June 14th Maiden in some style at Navan.
Dermot Weld's colt was fourth to Ebanoran at the Curragh on his sole juvenile outing, form well advertised when the John Oxx-trained winner passed the post first in the Derrinstown Derby Trial recently before being demoted.
The son of Henrythenavigator only needed to be pushed out by Pat Smullen to beat Body Beautiful by a ready three and a half lengths.
Weld said of the 11-8 favourite: "He did it well, Pat said the ground was beautiful.
"The rain left it really nice, it had changed to good to firm this morning and I was a little bit worried as like to get his toe in, but I was happy when I walked the track that it was safe. He was fit and knew his job.
"He'll go for a handicap now and that trip is about right for him, we ran him over seven furlongs as a two-year-old and we thought we'd come back in trip with him."
The in-form Weld suffered a rare reverse as Dandyleekie got up right on the line to foil Araner in the Requinto European Breeders Fund Maiden.
Smullen's mount bowled along with the help of the rail and looked like he might have done enough but he was was strongly pressed by Ger Lyons' newcomer through the final furlong.
The pair flashed past the post almost as one, but 16-1 chance Dandyleekie was quickly called the winner by a head in the hands of Gary Carroll.
Lyons said: "His work was always good, but we weren't sure if we were going run him as he was very weak. We hoped it would be a nice experience bringing him to Navan and we can build for the season from this.
"We always thought he had ability and he will be on the team for Royal Ascot now. Gary says he's still very weak, but it's a nice option to have. There should be masses of improvement to come and it bodes well for what we have at home."
Christina Simpson enjoyed a moment to remember as she rode her fist ever winner on Above The Law (16-1) in the Navan Family Day Handicap.
The 20-year-old, who claims 10lb and is from Tynan in County Armagh, was in front from an early stage on the Andrew Oliver-trained gelding and did really well to keep all at bay as the challengers loomed from two out.
Chillie Billie got closest but was still a length and a half down at the line.
Oliver said: "That's great. He's been a good servant and he likes that sort of ground. We put the blinkers on as he was getting a bit clever.
"It's all about Christina, I'm delighted for her. She's been with me three or four years, she's great girl and a great worker. "Fair play to her, she gave it a great ride."