Juvenile delight for Elliott

Gordon Elliott struck with his first juvenile

Top jumps trainer Gordon Elliott proved his versatility as he recorded a first ever two-year-old winner in saddling Beckford to make a successful debut in the Foran Equine Irish European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden at the Curragh.

The son of Bated Breath quickened to lead inside the final quarter-mile and Declan McDonogh drove him out to beat Red Persian by three-quarters of a length.

Elliott said of his 10-1 scorer: "That's my first two-year-old winner and I'm not sure if I've even had a two-year-old runner before. It's also my first winner at the Curragh.

"I was nervous beforehand as I'd never had a two-year-old winner, but all his work was good and Declan had ridden him at home. I've three or four two-year-olds that I like and he is one of them.

"There are 20 in the syndicate and they are from Ireland and England."

Turret Rocks recaptured her sparkle to claim Group Three honours in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Blue Wind Stakes.

Jim Bolger's filly had not managed to get her head in front since landing the 2015 May Hill at Doncaster, although she raced exclusively at the top level last year.

She had three of her rivals ahead of her when only sixth in the Victor McCalmont Stakes at Gowran Park recently but that outing clearly blew away any cobwebs because she knuckled down well.

Laganore looked the likely winner but found less than expected, whereas the front-running Creggs Pipes battled gamely, but Turret Rocks wore them both down to beat the 7-4 favourite by three-quarters of length.

Bolger said: "The key to her is the good ground, and I was going to pull her out at Gowran. She will stay further and the long-term target is the Yorkshire Oaks.

"I don't think Vociferous Marina will run (in the Musidora Stakes) at York on Wednesday, and we will probably supplement her for the (Irish) Guineas."

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