Vanillier (nearest) with runner-up Fantasio D'alene
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Trainer Gavin Cromwell and stable jockey Jonathan Moore completed a five-year-old-French-bred, maiden hurdle double at Naas today as Vanillier landed the later Irish Stallion Owners EBF-sponsored race.
Gabynako won the opening maiden hurdle, over two miles, for the pair who also landed the 2m3f maiden hurdle with another French-bred five year old, Vanillier.
Vanillier, a son of Martaline, showed good reserves of stamina in beating Fantasio D'alene by two and a quarter lengths, with 4/7 favourite Stattler a head further behind in third.
Cromwell later said “I’m delighted with that as he’s a three-mile chaser in the making. He’s a next year horse really and I didn’t think he’d win a maiden hurdle a couple of months ago.
“He toughed it out well from the last. I’m not sure where we’ll go next but we might have to think about a Graded race now.”
Quotes from Alan Magee