Fairyhouse treble for O'Briens
Racing:Aidan O’Brien and son Joseph enjoyed a Fairyhouse treble with Parliament Square (4-9), Warwick Avenue (5-2) and Chicago (5-2) today.
Jockey Joseph and Warwick Avenue kept Blue Corner at bay by a head after making all the running in the Value Packages At Fairyhouse Race.
“He is improving with every run and he is a horse with a great attitude," the winning rider said afterwards.
Parliament Square, fifth in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, landed the odds to open his account at the fourth attempt in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.
O’Brien junior said: “He’s improving with racing and hopefully he’ll keep going. He’ll have no problem stepping up to Listed or Group company.”
Chicago led just inside the final furlong to run out a cosy winner of the Fairyhouse Sunday Market Handicap.
They went close to a fourth win when Unanimous had to play second fiddle to the Pat Smullen-ridden Encrypted Message (11-4) in the Family Funday At Fairyhouse Maiden.
Winning trainer Dermot Weld said: “He had the form to win that and I thought he would win it. He is consistent, that’s his level and Pat gave him a good strong ride. On testing ground you want a horse that gets further than seven furlongs and he does.”
Slade Power could be bound for the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock after producing a gritty display in testing conditions to lift the Belgrave Stakes.
Edward Lynam’s progressive young sprinter had won a Listed contest at the Merseyside track on his previous start and followed up in a similar contest nearer home.
The three-year-old got the better of the much more experienced five-year-old Arctic to land the spoils in determined fashion.
Wayne Lordan produced Slade Power towards the centre of the course to make his challenge and the 11-4 shot responded gamely to win by half a length with Santo Padre third.
Lynam said: “He has a bit of class about him. I think he’ll be very good. I didn’t know his ground and I had to find out. I think he handled it. Wayne said he wasn’t in love with the ground. In nine months he could be very good.”
Owner David Power said: “He’ll have a little break and could go for the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock. I think he would prefer good ground.”
Lordan completed a double on Colour Of Love (13-2) for trainer Willie McCreery in the Fairyhouse Members Handicap, the four-year-old filly just holding Invincible Ridge by a nose.
McCreery said: “She is a tough little devil. She needs the splits and six furlongs is her ideal trip. She ran a blinder at the Curragh last time out. We might have a look at a Listed fillies’ race in Naas for her now but we will see what the handicapper does.
“She needs blinkers as she likes looking at the crowd.”