George Vancouver provided yet another victory for trainer Aidan O’Brien who appears to be a solid contender for trainer of the year accolades halfway through the season. The son of Henrythenavigator claimed the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden horserace at Dundalk.
George Vancouver had been designated by betting tipsters as the 11-8 favourite heading into the event and he did not disappoint. George Vancouver stayed ahead of affairs from the first furlong and managed to steer clear of any potential contenders. Mounted by jockey Joseph O’Brien, George Vancouver rode confidently inside the final furlong to win by several lengths in the six-furlong Polytrack meeting.
“He really quickened up today and sprinted all the way to the line,” winning jockey Joseph O’Brien, son of trainer Aidan, told irishracing.com. “He wants good ground as Henrythenavigator wanted it quick. He's a stallion going places. He's always shown plenty of speed from day one. He's only won a maiden there but I'd imagine he'll step up to Listed or Group class now.”
Also on Monday, Colm O'Donoghue escaped serious injury in the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap when the jockey was thrown to the ground after Muck 'N' Brass swerved to his left and crashed into the running rail.