Curragh: Cosy win for Middle Park hope Sansevero

Cappella Sansevero and Andrea Atzeni winning the Nestle Supporting Irish Autism Action Round Tower Stakes The Curragh Photo: Patrick McCann 31.08.2014

Cappella Sansevero and Andrea Atzeni go clear at the Curragh

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Report: Curragh, Sunday

Nestle Supporting Irish Autism Action Round Tower Stakes (Group 3) 6f, 2yo

ANDREA ATZENI got an early taste for his new job as first rider to Qatar Racing as he guided Coventry Stakes runner-up Cappella Sansevero to victory.

Atzeni does not officially start his new role until next season but got a feel for one of the organisations best juveniles and brightest prospects for 2015 with a cosy win.

The 6-4 favourite was a bit short for room as the tempo quickened but once finding a gap came through strongly to register a comfortable win from Rapid Applause.

Winning trainer Ger Lyons said: “I told the rider to drop him in and produce him late, when he hits the front he has done enough. We have a fresh perspective on him now with Andrea, who thinks he’s a lovely horse and rides like a three-year-old. It’s all systems go for the Middle Park now.”

Also on Sunday . . .

Curragh: Xtravision HMV Supporting Irish Autism Action Dance Design Fillies Stakes  (Group 3) 1m1f, 3yo+

Carla Bianca put a decent field to the sword to register a fourth consecutive win in the Dance Design Stakes.

The 5-4 favourite, trained by Dermot Weld, had to work hard for her first win at Group level but the more Pat Smullen asked, the more his partner responded.

Alive Alive Oh was the first to try and win her race but, although moving to the front, she failed to slip the field and was caught by the eventual winner in the final furlong.

Carla Bianca then had to fight off the late challenge of Pearl Of Africa, who finished strongly for second.

Weld said: “She was slow in the spring but she’s progressed with every run,  that was a nice performance today. The Blandford is a possibility for her, the faster the ground the better.” 

Jack Naylor wins the Flame Of Tara Stakes

Jack Naylor (noseband) battles to victory in the Flame Of Tara Stakes

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Curragh: Flame Of Tara European Breeders Fund Stakes (Listed) 1m, 2yo fillies

A GROUP 3 penalty wasn’t enough to halt Jack Naylor’s relentless progress as Jessica Harrington’s tenacious juvenile made it three on the bounce.

A winner of the Silver Flash Stakes on her last start, the daughter of Champs Elysees was dropped back to Listed level on this occasion and overcame a 5lb penalty when holding the rallying 11-10 favourite Legatissimo close homes.

Ballydoyle’s Together Forever cut out the running and made it a decent test under first-race winner Joseph O’Brien.

She still held the advantage entering the final furlong but Jack Naylor again displayed the grit she is becoming renowned for to head the leader before holding the final thrust of runner-up Legatissimo.

Winning trainer Jessica Harrington said: “She was giving them all 5lb and Fran Berry [winning rider] said she was just going through the motions until the second filly came on her outside, then she decided it was time to go!

“The mile suited her well. I think we’ll go to France for the Prix Marcel Boussac and she’ll go on soft ground.”


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