Spirit Of Valor makes no mistake
Spirit Of Valor got off the mark in clear-cut fashion in the Tifrums European Breeders Fund (C & G) Maiden at Naas.
Aidan O'Brien: Won with Spirit Of Valor
The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt had been well-backed to make a winning debut when third at the Curragh a week ago, and showed the benefit of that experience as he was quickly away under Donnacha O'Brien.
Travelling well just behind the leaders, the War Front colt took control just over a furlong out and went on to score by three-quarters of a length from Imagine If as the 8-13 favourite.
"It's tough going out there and the ground is softer than we thought," said O'Brien.
"It's good for him to do it in that. He works well with an ease, but that's a good bit more than an ease. I think he'll prefer much better ground.
"I had thought he'd handle the ground better and had thought about looking at the Killavullan at Leopardstown, but now I don't know.
"He struggled a bit and I thought he would have won easier. It's possible he may be finished now."Wayside Flower 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 was sent off the 3-1 favourite having shown ability in her four previous outings and finally came good in the hands of Colin Keane, beating Focus On Heaven and Sorelle Delle Rose byWinning trainer Ger Lyons said: "It would have been a disappointing year if I didn't win with her as we thought a fair bit of her early doors and her early form was good."I just took the view that we'd drop her back (in trip) and let her do it the hard way. She didn't like passing horses the last couple of times."I don't know what kind of level that was but she's won her maiden and it's no more than she deserves."I think she goes to the sales now. I've done my job."