Harasiya got her debut victory in the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown. John Oxx's filly was the 11-8 betting odds favourite in the seven furlongs track and she did not disappoint after holding on for two and a half lengths at the finish line.
Jockey Johnny Murtagh had held off runner-up My Special J and Rosearie who placed third. “She did it nicely and she is a good filly. It was nice to see her step up and win comfortably. She wasn't doing a lot in front,” Oxx told attheraces.com afterwards.
“She was a little wide and Johnny wanted to get going and she quickened up well. She goes through that soft ground well. It remains to be seen whether she'll handle good to firm ground. It's a bit of a question mark, but we'll find out when the time comes,” said Oxx.
Also on Thursday, Nevis was given betting odds of 20-1 by Stan James for next year's Investec Derby. On his second career start, Nevis claimed the one-mile Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Leopardstown. Trainer Aidan Obrien had dominated the event the past three seasons. Joseph O’Brien, the trainer’s son, mounted Nevis who sprinted to win by a comfortable three lengths.