Takar set himself up for a tilt at the Irish 2000 Guineas after his smooth success in the Dylan Thomas European Breeders Fund Tetrarch Stakes at a wet and windy Curragh on Monday afternoon.
Held up at the rear of the five runner field by Johnny Murtagh, Takar was always travelling well in the seven furlong contest and Murtagh always looked confident that he could pick up his rivals whenever he wanted.
Quote Of The Day and Triumphant cut out the early running in the rain softened ground. Takar along with Coolnagree were content to give the leaders a degree of rope in the opening stages. It was Triumphant and jockey of the moment Joseph O’Brien that was the first to commit for home and he took a length out of the field with two furlongs to go.
Coming into the final furlong, Murtagh on Takar has yet to move and for a brief moment it looked that he may not get the gaps in time. However Murtagh was at his coolest. He picked up Takar, moved him to the wide outside and came with a smooth burst of speed to nab Coolnagree in the shadow of the post to land a cosy enough win in the end.
Speaking after the race trainer John Oxx was pleasantly surprised. “He had a few setbacks over the winter. In fact he had one in February which he had to have three weeks off so it was touch and go to see if he would make today.
“He has done it well out there. It may not have been the strongest contest in the world but he did it well.
“He is a speedy type of horse and wouldn’t be in love with the ground out there. The Guineas back here is a possibility at the moment. He has the talent and I’d be keen to give him a chance at a mile.”
Gossamer Seed caused somewhat of a turn up when he left her rivals for dead to take the Canford Cliffs European Breeders Fund Athasi Stakes in pleasing style.
Rest of Curragh action
Jim Bolger unveiled another smart two year old in the opening maiden contest when he saddled Move To Strike to win in the colours of his wife Jackie.
The son of Lawman had finished third behind a well regarded colt from the Aidan O’Brien yard and he showed himself that he has a fair amount of talent himself.
Quickening off a steady gallop Move To Strike quickly put the race to dead as a 4/5 shot should and won by seven lengths hard held. Speaking after the race, Mr Bolger said “He is a smart horse, who wouldn’t have been in love with the ground. We will step him up in class now.”
Ondeafears provided jockey Shane Foley with a well deserved winner at the Co Kildare track when he came late and fast to land the Newbridge Credit Union Handicap from Winning Impact and the Dermot Weld trained Olfa.
Wrekin Rock,who was an unlucky faller in Punchestown on his last start got back to winning ways on the level when he took the Keadeen Hotel Wedding Specialists Handicap from Mahaazen and Tantalising.
Despite making her racecourse debut, Singing Bird proved well up to the task when she took the P.G. Duffy & Sons Citroen Maiden for trainer David Wachman and the Anne Deesse Syndicate.
While he may be better known for his exploits over jumps Colm Murphy proved his can mix it on the flat when saddling Bouliiabaisse to land the final race, the Irish Field INH Flat Race for owner Barry Connell to turn over the Willie Mullins trained Pique Sous and the Katie Walsh ridden The Mighty Milan