Colin Keane lands treble at Naas
Colin Keane took the riding honours at Naas with a treble highlighted by Intimation in the Listed Clodovil European Breeders Fund Garnet Stakes.
Keane, also successful on Wayside Flower and Toe The Line, positioned Michael Stoute's filly just off the pace through the early stages and the runners turned for home spread across the track.
Plenty had chances, but the Cheveley Park Stud-owned four-year-old travelled strongly on the far side and hit top gear on the climb to the final furlong and score impressively by four lengths.
Keane, having his first ride for Stoute, said: "This morning he sounded confident about her and she did it very easily, how maybe he thought she'd do it.
"She travelled very well, picked up well and loved the ground.
"Everything felt really easy to her. She travelled through them as easy as you wanted to. If anything she got there a little bit soon, but she put it to bed well."
Keane switched sides after the 3-1 strike of Intimation to foil Stoute in the other Listed heat on the card, the Anjaal European Breeders Fund Bluebell Stakes, as he drove home Toe The Line (9-2) to beat Shall We by a length.
Winning trainer John Kiely said: "I'm delighted. I thought it (mile and a half) might be a bit short for her.
"She was third in it last year. I thought she'd need further, but the little bit of a cut in the ground helped her at the end. She's a very useful mare."
Keane got the ball rolling on Wayside Flower for his boss Ger Lyons in the Coulsty E.B.F. Fillies Maiden.
The 3-1 favourite showed a willing attitude to see off a host of promising newcomers in the Coulsty European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden.
The Qatar Racing-owned youngster, having shown ability in her four previous outings, finally came good beating Focus On Heaven by a head.
Chris Hayes secured a double through Trevanna and Renetti.
Trevanna (12-1) made it two wins from as many starts in the 100,000 euro Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Race.
The Kevin Prendergast-trained juvenile had made a winning debut at Down Royal last month and stayed on strongly for to deny Cloistered and Massif Central by a neck and the same.
Hayes completed his brace on the Willie Mullins-trained Renneti (7-1), who was a very easy winner of the Profile Systems Naas October Premier Handicap.
Hayes said: "That's the great thing about riding for Willie Mullins. I rang him and said I had a gameplan and he said 'do your own thing'.
"He's a genius to ride for. All his horses are so straightforward and try so hard.
"I was getting it so easy in front and I couldn't believe how handy they were letting me have it. I just kept filling him up and filling him up."
Wayne Lordan got in on the double act, courtesy of Willie McCreery's Childhood (10-1) in the At The Races European Breeders Fund Birdcatcher Premier Nursery Handicap and Snoozing Indian (10-1) for Thomond O'Mara in the Hospitality At Naas Handicap.
Spirit Of Valor (8-13 favourite) got off the mark in clear-cut fashion in the Tifrums European Breeders Fund (C & G) Maiden for trainer Aidan O'Brien and his son, Donnacha.
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