Ecliptical produced an unforgettable performance to come from last in order to first as he pulled off the long-term plan in the valuable Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Competition Final – to complete a Naas double for connections.
Title-chasing Colin Keane anchored Lämnar Lyons’ well-backed 9-2 shot final of 15 in the valuable occasion.
If any of Ecliptical’s supporters were becoming anxious, nevertheless , Keane was not among them – after pulling to the wide outside, he or she circled the field and ate upward ground over the stiff finish.
The juvenile, unraced considering that winning his second career start similarly testing ground in a Bellewstown maiden two months ago, proved their pace for this drop to 7 furlongs – winning by a duration and a quarter from 50-1 outsider The Blue Panther, with Vafortino a further half-length back in third.
The winning trainer’s sibling and assistant Shane Lyons stated: “When he won in Bellewstown the plan was to go for this competition.
“He wants the mile – but we believed with the bit of cut in the surface this would suit.
“He’ll be a lovely horse next year, is heart and showed there which he has a touch of class as well.
“He was drawn 16, Colin dropped him in – and also to be able to come from last to 1st, you have to be good. ”
Parent’s Prayer was another champion to strike from off the speed, capping a fine weekend for Archie Watson in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Garnet Stakes.
Lambourn trainer Watson, who also 24 hours earlier had won their first Group One courtesy of Glen Shiel in the Qipco British Champions Run at Ascot, was travelling Parent’s Prayer to Ireland for the 2nd time in as many months – subsequent her third in the Fairy Link Stakes at Gowran.
She went two places much better this time, challenging down the middle plus surging clear under Ben Coen to win by three measures at 12-1 – with 80-1 outsider Stormy Belle and 8-1 shot Best On Stage dead-heating pertaining to second.
Coen stated of the winner: “She loved the bottom and travelled through the race very easily.
“She found well at the two pole, and I probably got there too early. She was getting a bit lonely, but she toughed it away. ”
Listed accolades were also on offer in the subsequent Irish Stallion Farms EBF Bluebell Stakes, and Jessica Harrington’s Barrington Court claimed them to give Keane’s title rival Shane Foley a victor.
JP McManus’ previous hurdler was having just the girl fourth start on the Flat, when justin was six, and won for the next time in this discipline – arriving on the scene in the straight and finishing a length and a half in front of Snapraeceps.
Harrington is already planning a swift gain for the winning 15-8 favourite.
She said: “She can come back here for the Finale Stakes (November 7).
“I don’t even think she will go back over hurdles significant because every time she runs your own hurts herself. ”
Power Under Me was a winner debutant in the opening Tifrums Irish EBF Maiden – for Keane, Lyons and Ecliptical’s owner Vincent Gaul.
The gelding repelled the challenge of favourite Coulthard in the final furlong to acquire by two and a quarter strands at 16-5.
Durability Under Me was making a belated debut, but Shane Lyons is attempting there will be plenty more to come.
“He has a high kneecap action, so we were waiting for the land, ” he said.
“He’s only come good in one more six weeks. He was backward, but his own work was very promising out of the home.
“Ideally we would like to enjoy another run in for the Birdcatcher (back at Naas next month), but I don’t think we’ll maintain time for that.
“He’ll be a nice horse for in 2012. It’s amazing how well (Power Under Me’s sire) Mehmas truly has accomplished this year, and he’s our a particular. ”
Elizabethan sold out an easy winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, on behalf of Aidan O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan.
On her fourth future start, she was not inconvenienced speed bike racing out on her own up the stands aspects as she broke her sweet by a length and a quarter at the 100-30.
Wood Classer was the emphatic winning favourite inside of the Foran Equine Irish EBF Chambre Handicap.
The 15-8 shot and top weight collared long-time leader Fine Distraction in final furlong to prevail before two and three-quarter lengths powering 5lb claimer Nathan Crosse meant for Willie McCreery, with the first variety of finishing well clear.
The winning trainer said: “I was trying to get him into the great race [the auction final], but it’s actually nice to pick up the (Plus 10) bonus here.
“He’s probably a seven-furlong horse, but then we had to run him with the fantastic prize-money here today. ”