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Heffernan plots clear route on Norway

Norway comes home clear in NaasNorway comes home clear in Naas
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Norway drew further and further clear in the final furlong of the juvenile maiden over a mile in Naas to post a decisive victory.

The Galileo colt soon led for Seamie Heffernan and was ridden under three furlongs out as I Am Superman tracked him in second.

The latter edged left when he came under the whip in the final quarter of a mile and could make no impression on the leader.

Norway kept up the gallop and drew clear by the furlong pole. He then stretched away to score by six and a half lengths at 7/2. Bellakris stayed on for second at 25/1 from Rakan at 14/1.

Seamie Heffernan said: “He improved from his first run and improved from his second run.

“The horse that won in the Curragh the last day (Sydney Opera House) was placed in a Group 2 since. I expected him to win and he won well. He put his head down and galloped out.

“He's probably a mile-and-a-quarter to a mile-and-a-half horse. He's lazy, laid-back and he's very easy to like and manage.”

Additional reporting by Gary Carson

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