Pistoletto makes impressive winning debut at Tipperary for Aidan O'Brien

Thu 25 Apr 2019

Pistoletto stamped himself as Royal Ascot material with an impressive winning debut at Tipperary.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained War Front colt was an 11-10 favourite for the five-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden and the result was scarcely in doubt.

After a smart start, Pistoletto was soon tracking American Lady in a group of three runners that raced towards the stands side.

While his seven rivals were being ridden along racing inside the final two furlongs, the Ballydoyle inmate was still full of running and shot clear once given his head to score by five and a half lengths.

American Lady boxed on to finish second ahead of Ampeson in third.

Winning rider Donnacha O’Brien said: “He is fast and has plenty boot for five (furlongs). I’d imagine he’s a Norfolk (Stakes, at Royal Ascot) horse.

“He is a beautiful looking horse and is mature and always showed plenty at home.

“He probably has a little more boot than the lad (Fort Myers) who won at Dundalk (on Wednesday night) and is a smart horse.”

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