WAYNE Lordan’s strong start to the season continued at Limerick where he partnered the Aidan O'Brien-trained Dawn Rising to win the fist of two 12f maidens on the card.
Lordan was adding to six winners at the Curragh on the previous weekend end and this success was as easy as he’ll ever ride. He brought the 2/9 favourite home a 12-length winner.
Lordan was in the saddle as Delphi completed a double for O’Brien in the valuable Royal County Handicap at Navan on Friday evening. The strong 3/1 chance lasted home by a neck from the Joseph O'Brien-trained Sacramento. O’Brien had earlier won the near six-furlong maiden with the Seamie Heffernan-ridden Forest Of Dreams.
Lordan also helped O’Brien to further Group race success at Naas on Saturday. Ahead of Ballydoyle’s Classic double at Epsom, the Upton rider supplied O’Brien with a taking success in the Group 3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies’ Sprint Stakes as 10/11 favourite Mother Earth, a maiden going into the race, impressing with a four-length success over the Jessica Harrington-trained Sussex Garden.
Lordan and O’Brien added to the huge Ballydoyle gains over the weekend as Snow in the Group 3 Munster Oaks.
The 11/4 favourite impressed when beating the Joseph O'Brien-trained Snapraeceps by a length and quarter with the Paddy Twomey-trained Loveisthehigherlaw in third place. Skibbereen apprentice Adam Farragher landed by far his biggest success when winning the Cork Derby Handicap on the Michael Halford-trained Rayounpour.
The 16/1 only got into the race as a reserve but made the most of his opportunity and came home a length and three-quarters to the good over his own stable companion War Diary. It was Farragher’s 10th career success.
Conditional rider Eoin Walsh rode his first winner of the season and gave county Cavan trainer Patrick Magee his first winner when partnering Cornakill Rose to win the mares’ maiden hurdle at Bellewstown on Saturday.
The 25/1 chance easily had the measure of 11/8 favourite My Midnight.
Denis O'Regan won the Fast Shipping Bellewstown Handicap Hurdle on the Gordon Elliott-trained Ardamir. He got the 22/1 chance home by half a length from the Andrew McNamara-trained Zoffalee.
Meanwhile, Aidan O'Brien and his youngest son Donnacha were classic heroes in a wonderful two days for the family at Epsom and Chantilly.
He recorded a Derby/Oaks double at Epsom on Saturday and became the Derby’s winning most trainer as 25/1 chance Serpentine made virtually all the running under Emmet McNamara for a stunning five and a half-length success.