Speedy Actress states Royal case
A review of the rest of the action from the Curragh on Sunday as speedy juvenile Actress made a big impression in the opener.
Actress may join Aidan O'Brien's Royal Ascot team after breaking her duck in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at the Curragh.
The Declaration Of War youngster was a most encouraging second at Naas on her racecourse introduction and was sent off the red-hot 1/3 favourite to go one better.
Donnacha O'Brien tracked the front pair in the far-side group and although the penny still has not completely dropped, Actress showed decent acceleration to hit the front inside the final furlong and was kept up to her work to account for Yolo Star by a cosy three-quarters of a length.
Her jockey said: "Probably six furlongs would suit her even better but the race was here for her and she's done it very nicely.
"I don't know if she'd run again, but I suppose Ascot would have to be on the cards now."
Former Derby-winning rider Martin Dwyer enjoyed a rare triumph at Irish Headquarters as the Denis Hogan-trained Gopsies Daughter proved best in the five-furlong PG Duffy & Sons Citroen Handicap.
Dwyer said of the 16/1 chance, who had a nose to spare over Palavicini Run: "I spoke to Denis before and he said she is better over five than six.
"He said that she's got one good run towards the end and to try and use it wisely."
Favourite A Few Dollars More was another three-quarters of a length back in third.
Tandem continues to roll back the years and made it two from two for the campaign in the Courtyard Shopping Centre Newbridge Race at the Curragh.
Dermot Weld's eight-year-old returned from a lengthy layoff to strike at Tipperary last month and Pat Smullen settled him in second as Wayne Lordan dictated terms to suit himself on Love Potion.
Tandem hit the front approaching the furlong pole and showed plenty of determination when challenged by Jaqen H'Ghar to cross the line with half a length in hand as the 13/8 favourite.
Weld said: "He's a very consistent horse and got an excellent ride from Pat.
"He's an eight-year-old now so every day is good with him. We'll look at a premier handicap, that's the logical way.
"He's after winning two nice races on two runs this season so we're very pleased."
Mawaany made it two wins from as many appearances for Ger Lyons in the Cross' SuperValu Handicap.
The grey was bought out of Sir Michael Stoute's yard last summer and made a successful debut for Lyons at Dundalk in January.
Given a break since, the 4/1 chance collared long-time leader Bay Hill a furlong and a half from the finish and kept going to register a three-length success from Lady Derrynane.
Lyons said: "I'm delighted with him. He won his maiden in January and we knew we wouldn't risk him again on that surface so we waited and waited.
"This is a nice place to start off and hopefully we can rise up the ranks into a premier handicap.
"He'll get a little bit further and that's where the improvement will come from hopefully."
The concluding Newbridge Parishes Race Day Handicap went to 13/2 shot Not A Whipser under Smullen.
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