Curragh Sunday – Sretaw lands the Cambridgeshire
An excellent card at the Curragh this afternoon was topped off with the highlight of County Meath trainer Gavin Cromwell’s career to date as Sretaw took the Irish Cambridgeshire under jockey Wayne Lordan.
Cromwell could be forgiven for thinking it may never come off for the five year old who had racked up no less than six second placed finishes in a row this summer. That run began at the Curragh on the 8th June but the Kalanisi mare has now landed one of the most sought after prizes at the track with a half length success from Vastonea who was to be the bridesmaid this time.
The winner returned 11/1 under Wayne Lordan and the race was not without incident as it got to the closing stages with a premium on racing room, the well supported Mick Halford trained Hasanour was involved in scrimmaging and possibly the worst effected was unplaced Halford runner Warbird under Sean Corby.
Sretaw had a cleaner passage up the near side and the places were filled by Vastonea, Hasanour and Maggie Dalton. Owner Eamon Waters was obviously delighted “She deserved that, it’s like a dream and I’m afraid I’ll wake up!”
Earlier on the card there were wins for the expensive newcomer Ol Man River, impressive in the the opening maiden, Cappello Sansevero landed the Group 3 Tower Stakes and Carla Bianca was authoritative when landing the Dance Design Fillies Group 3 for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen.
Bookmakers reacted to the success of Ol’ Man River with quotes for the Epsom Derby ranging from 12/1 to 20/1 for the impeccably bred youngster.
Dean Ryan 31/08/14
Photo Brian Lawless/PA Wire
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