Tom Weekes

Tom Weekes

Real Force causes 25/1 surprise in debut win

Sat 13th Apr 2019, 15:00

Real Force (nearest)
© Photo Healy Racing

Real Force caused a 25/1 surprise to win the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden on debut at Naas today as the Ger O'Leary trained colt overcame a tardy start before flying home to win for jockey Killian Leonard.

The son of Lethal Power was slow to leave the stalls but improved to chase the leaders from halfway. The colt responded well when asked for effort by Leonard and in the end led close home for a half length win over Shining Forth.

Afterwards jockey Leonard stated “I’d never sat on him before and was told he was very green and hadn’t much done. I was to try and teach him a bit and have him coming home.

“He was plenty raw enough early on but the further he was going the more the penny started to drop with him and he went to the line well. He’s a lovely horse going forward and will improve a tonne from that.

“He’s a light-framed horse and they can become unbalanced here but he handled the track well.”

Quotes from Alan Magee

1st
25/1
Tote €41.30 €9.80
2nd
0.5L
50/1
€17.20
3rd
0.5L
6/1
€2.00
4th
0.5L
12/1
bf
0.5L
5/1JFav
bf
2.25L
5/1JFav

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