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Admiral Nelson setting sail for Royal Ascot after Curragh success

Fri 12 Jun 2020

Admiral Nelson staked a late claim for Royal Ascot as he accounted for a better-fancied stablemate in the Tally-Ho Stud Irish EBF (C&G) Maiden at the Curragh

Aidan O’Brien fielded three newcomers in the five-furlong contest, with Merchants Quay appearing to be the yard’s first string with Seamie Heffernan aboard.

However, it was Wayne Lordan’s mount who impressed the most, travelling stylishly and moving with authority at the finish to win by a cosy length from 11-10 favourite Merchants Quay.

O’Brien said of his 5-1 scorer: “He travelled well and could be a Coventry horse. It will depend how he comes out of this and he’ll have to go straight to Ascot. He won’t be doing anything after this because it is so close.

“It’s far from ideal, but we are lucky to have got a race into them. We have run two or three in each of the races (since racing resumed in Ireland on Monday).

“It’s different times, but we are lucky to have the races.”

He added: “We think the second is a nice horse as well. Seamus said he was just a little bit in his hands and maybe travelled a little bit too strong. It’s possible he could go as well (Royal Ascot), but they may not all get in.”

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