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  • 15:35 P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes 1m 2f

  • (Group 3) €60,000 added 3yo 8 ran
  • Winner €39,000 2nd €11,400 3rd €5,400 4th €1,800
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 16.89s
  • Off time: 15:35:45

Ebasani tested in Ballysax Stakes by John Oxx

Last Updated: 11/04/14 4:26pm

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Oxx: Trainer of Ebasani

Oxx: Trainer of Ebasani

John Oxx is keen to let Ebasani test the water at Pattern level in the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Navan on Saturday.

John Oxx is keen to let Ebasani test the water at Pattern level in the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Navan on Saturday.

Formerly held at Leopardstown before being switched to Navan this year, the mile-and-a-quarter Group Three is one of the key early-season trials for the Derby, with previous winners Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002) going on to claim Epsom glory.

Ebasani looked the part when making a winning racecourse debut at the track in early October and his trainer expects the rise in distance to bring out the best in his colt.

Oxx said: "It's a big step up going from a maiden win to a race like this.

"This is normally a good race, but our horse won his maiden well and has pleased us all the way through.

"He's a fair bit of work under his belt and should handle the soft ground, so we hope he'll run reasonably well.

"He's by Manduro, who ended up being a champion miler, but he had good form over further as well.

"This horse has plenty of stamina on his dam's side, so he should stay well."

Aidan O'Brien and Jim Bolger have both trained a record seven Ballysax Stakes winners and are well represented this time.

Joseph O'Brien partners Galway maiden winner Carlo Bugatti for his father, with the master of Ballydoyle also saddling Kingfisher, the mount of Seamie Heffernan.

Bolger has trained three of the last four winners and this year runs the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Answered, who made a winning debut at the Curragh three weeks ago, and Stirabout.

All Set To Go, Davids Park and Fascinating Rock complete an eight-runner field.

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