2017 Derby winner Capri returns in style as O'Brien and Meade record doubles at Naas

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2017 Derby winner Capri returns in style as O'Brien and Meade record doubles at Naas
20:00 Friday 13th of April 2018

Following the cancellation of the meeting last Sunday, Naas Racecourse hosted a decent flat race card on Friday which marked the seasonal debut for 2017 Dual Classic winner Capri. Aidan O'Brien's Irish Derby winner also won the British St Leger Stakes last year in a fine season, and he went into the Grade 3 Bookmakers' Alleged Stakes as a 7/4 favourite at the Kildare course under jockey Ryan Moore.

It was not as comfortable as many would have foreseen for the four-year-old offspring of Galileo as he had just a head to spare over Canonball in a thrilling finale.

Nonetheless, O'Brien was delighted with the win to mark his first appearance of the season.

"We're delighted and it was nice to get him started," he said.

“We'll have a look at going to the Mooresbridge next and he'll come on lovely. Then we might have a look at either the Tattersalls or the Coronation. Maybe he can do the two.

“He's a lovely relaxed horse, lazy and a brave horse. Ryan was delighted with him.

“We'll let him come slowly rather than forcing him. We'll feel our way. That's the first time he's won over ten and we'll be thinking a mile-and-a-quarter and a mile-and-a-half with him.

“There should be tons of improvement. I'd say he got tired but he was entitled to and it's nice for him to be doing that rather than racing up there with his mouth open as we've another eight months to go.”

It was the first half of a double for O'Brien as he also saddled Hunting Horn who won the final race of the day, the 1m2f EBF Maiden.

The other big race of the day went the way of Psychedelic Funk, who is trained by Ger Lyons. He won the Gladness Stakes under jockey Colin Keane by over two lengths to Downforce.

Trainer Noel Meade also recorded a double, with both Dadoozart and Curley Bill recording wins for the experienced Meath trainer.

Curragh-based trainer Willie McCreery also saddled a winner as the promising So Long Marianne won the six furlong maiden under jockey Billy Lee.

“She's a grand filly. I bought her in the sales last year and I've always liked the family,” said McCreery.

“She's a big honest filly. The ground wouldn't be ideal for her but it was nice to get her started the way she did it.

“We'll see where we go now and she wouldn't mind another furlong. She's very easy to train.”

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