Brendan Brackan navigates his way to yet another Cork success

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Brendan Brackan made it three consecutive victories in the Navigation Stakes at Cork.

Ger Lyons' 3-1 chance had to give weight to all his rivals, but was one of a whole host of runners in a line in front two furlongs out.

The veteran found plenty for Colin Keane's pressure, though, getting on top in the closing stages and beating Onenightidreamed by a length and three-quarters, with Bumbasina third.

Lyons' brother and assistant Shane said: "This lad is a legend and is the reason why we don't keep many horses in training after three because he keeps everybody buzzing at home and he's just a dude.

"He ran a flat race last time and we honestly don't know why but we put it down to a bad day and he seems to have saved himself for this race! If anyone is allowed a bad day, it's him.

"There is another example of how well Colin is riding as he had the brains to take his time within two strides when he was in his comfort zone and left the leaders go off and do their own thing."

It could prove to be the day that seals the jockeys' title for Keane, who was three ahead of rival Pat Smullen at the start of the day, but Brendan Brackan's win made it a double for the title leader and trainer Lyons.

Celebration (5-1) had got the ball rolling for Lyons and Keane with victory in the Ingredient Solutions Ltd Supporting The Rickie Healy Appeal Handicap.

That puts Keane five clear of Smullen in the race to be champion jockey.

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