Celtic Beauty ran out a 2 and a half-length winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden over 5f at Naas on Monday. Second previously in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, it was nice to get the maiden win with her.
“Billy said she travelled through the race really nicely and when she does get to the front, she doesn’t kill herself.
“Hopefully she will go to the Lowther Stakes next at York. They go very quick normally and she seems to travel very easily through her races. She’s entitled to go there.”
Photo credit: Joe Seward
We had a good night at the Curragh last night where Crafty Madam got up to win the Finlay Volvo Cars Summer Fillies Handicap under Niall McCullagh
“Niall is riding with great confidence. He rides work for us and has always been a very good rider, he’s a classic winning rider. With 8-4 he was always going to ride her. He’s given her some ride”
It was great to get a win for owner/breeder Con Harrington who has been a good supporter. She’s a half-sister to Profitable so she’s a very important filly for the breeding shed going forward.
“We have a little bit to go in the ratings but we’ll try for a bit of black-type along the way. That’s a great pot to win and we’re delighted to win on Derby weekend.
Ice Cold In Alex was an unlucky loser of the Eleanor & Lyndsey Comer Memorial H´cap over 7f when beaten a half a length by Baladiya. Hopefully, he will have his day soon.
On Romanised (4th at Royal Ascot), “He ran a super race. He did everything right and the splits just didn’t come for him. Billy (Lee) was delighted with him.
“He came out of the race well and we’ll probably go back to Deauville for the Jacques Le Marois over the straight course. Goodwood mightn’t just suit him.”
Celtic Beauty put up a very good performance in the Albany at Royal Ascot and is an exciting filly for the season. She will be eligible for all the 6f filly Stakes Races such as the Duchess of Cambridge, The Cheveley Park Stakes, and the Prix Morny in August. She is a smart filly with a lot of pace and will be exciting for owner David Kelly.
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Romanised will head to Royal Ascot in just over a weeks’ time and we are hopeful he can raise his game again for the Queen Anne Stakes.
We were very happy with his run in the Lockinge last month, finishing fourth with less than 4 lengths separating him from the winner. He has come out of the race in good shape and the straight mile at Ascot should suit him well and play to his strengths.
He’s one that might step up in trip later in the season and needs good ground. In the Lockinge, he levelled out and just stayed going, it was very pleasing.
Celtic Beauty, a nice filly by No Nay Never will also take her chances in Royal Ascot, in the Albany Stakes.
She ran a promising third in Naas on debut in late April and subsequently finished a close up third in a Group 3 event again at Naas a few weeks later. She’s still a maiden but it was a very good run to be just beaten by Etoile and Peace Charter.
She made her challenge up the outside and had improved a lot from her first to her second run. Hopefully, she can improve again as she’s a nice filly with a bit of talent.
Success Days is now headed for the Group 3 La Coupe at Longchamp next Monday 10th June. Now a seven-year-old, it’s his last season. He has been a great servant to the yard and ran a great race to finish third in the Group 2 Huxley Stakes in Chester where he got the soft ground he needed.
Closer to home, work is almost complete on the yard and is taking great shape. The indoor has been a great addition. Painting is finished; we are just waiting on our Landscaper now!! 🤔