Late arrivals for Tipperary’s first flat meeting of the new season on Thursday missed out big time as Pistoletto fired an impressive warning shot on his debut in the opener and looks Royal Ascot material.
Locally trained by Aidan O’Brien, the War Front juvenile scooted home for Donnacha and those who traded at short odds in the ring – 5/4 to 11/10 – never had a moments worry.
“He’s fast with plenty of boot for five furlongs” O’Brien said “and looks one for the Norfolk Stakes.”
“A beautiful looking colt, he is showing plenty at home” he added.
Ballydoyle struck again later in the card with a three year old colt that, in total contrast, was showing absolutely nothing at home.
That explains his big drift in the market – “eights” to 14/1 – but kept well clear of traffic problems by Seamie Heffernan in what was a messy enough contest overall – he beat Dermot Weld’s quietly fancied 7/2 chance Zarafshan by a snug three lengths.
The winner has no fancy entries yet but that could change as a surprised O’Brien was clearly delighted.
“He’s been there a while but obviously been sleeping, that can happen sometimes.”
“That is why we get them out (to race) sometimes, just in case that is the way but it’s nice to find him. A horse with a pedigree like his could be anything.”
“He’s in the King Edward at Ascot but we’ll see where we go” Aidan said.
As O’Brien said he could be anything, and whatever about Ascot, once he gets more experience this Camelot colt out of an Oasis Dream mare could prove a bit special.
Late developing three year olds are nothing new in Ballydoyle and can often climb the ratings pretty smartly.
Weld enjoyed better luck in the concluding mile and a half maiden where 8/11 hotpot Hasanabad delivered the goods with the minimum of fuss.
He looks a stayer in the making, and Weld said his next race could well be a “winners of one” over a mile and six in Killarney in a few weeks time.
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