Heffernan: Better to come from Newton after win


Sir Isaac Newton comes clear of his rivals to win at Gowran on Wednesday

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SEAMIE HEFFERNAN believes Sir Isaac Newton is beginning to blossom after steering the one-time Investec Derby hope to his first win at Gowran Park on Wednesday night.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained son of Galileo got off the mark at the third attempt with a three-and-a-quarter length success under Heffernan in the 7f three-year-old maiden.

Heffernan said: “He’s a colt we’ve always liked. I expected him to win and I’d expect more progress from him. He isn’t short of boot but I think a mile and a quarter could end up being his ideal trip.”

Taken out of the Investec Derby at the recent forfeit stage, Sir Isaac Newton is entered for the St James’s Palace Stakes and the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. His other big race entries include the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, the Coral Eclipse Stakes, the Qatar Sussex Stakes and the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes.

Runner-up on his two previous starts, most recently at Chester early this month when beaten as 1-6 favourite, the 3.6m gns yearling purchase got very warm in the preliminaries and drifted in the market although sent off the 4-6 favourite.

Sir Isaac Newton needed a couple of cracks of the whip to focus on his job before stretching clear for hands and heels riding inside the final furlong. The Jim Bolger-trained Stop And Linger finished second with Valaca neck back in third place.


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