Review Navan 22nd Apr

Sun 22nd Apr 2018, 18:20

Order Of St George made a successful return to action with a comfortable success in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan.

Aidan O'Brien's charge was sent off the 2-9 favourite of the three runners in the Group Three and after tracking long-time leader Lord Yeats, he was pushed into the lead approaching the final furlong by Ryan Moore.

Easing clear in the closing stages, the star stayer cruised clear to secure a double for trainer and jockey by five and a half lengths.

O'Brien already has one eye on Royal Ascot with So Perfect after she landed the Tara Sires Irish EBF Fillies Maiden.

The 4-1 chance was still only in mid-division entering the final furlong, but she picked up well for Moore's urgings to get up on the line and beat Mater Matuta by a short head.

Mary Tudor produced a devastating turn of foot to open her account in Listed company in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes.

Willie McCreery's 9-2 chance picked up strongly in the closing stages for Billy Lee, sweeping past on the outside and running on well to beat Hazel Bay by two and a half lengths.

Lee made it a double aboard Charles Byrnes' Hareth (13-8 favourite) in the Come To The Family Day May 19th Handicap.

The Broghie Man produced something of an upset to land Listed honours in the Committed Stakes.

Adrian Keatley's 10-1 chance was pushed into the lead at the furlong pole by Gerald Mosse and held on well in the closing stages to deny the fast-finishing Speak In Colours by a short head.

Adrian McAllister's Well Why Not (12-1) outbattled favourite Night Of Power to land the Vincent Ward Memorial Handicap under Chris Hayes.

Johnny Murtagh's Golden Spell (8-1) clung on to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap under Denis Linehan, while jockey Gearoid Brouder grabbed his first winner of the year when guiding Joseph Murray's Captain Moonlight (16-1) to victory in the Navan Welcomes Owners Today Apprentice Handicap.

Lee brings up his Navan brace on Hareth

Hareth enjoyed his first start on the flat for 1,528 days when running on strongly in the concluding mile and five handicap at Navan.

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