Fort Del Oro wins again for more homebred success

Fort Del Oro stamps her class on Listed affair to give a homebred double.


Fort Del Oro collected her third victory at Listed level in the Yeomanstown Stud Dark Angel EBF Stakes at Naas.

Despite conceding weight to the entire field, the Eddie Lynam-trained four-year-old was sent off the 10-11 favourite and travelled strongly in the hands of Billy Lee.

She cruised to the front not long after halfway in the six-furlong dash but was going so well and when Lee kicked on, there was plenty in the tank for her to come home three-parts of a length to the good over Buying Trouble.

Lynam said: "She seems to be adaptable ground-wise. I was a bit worried about the ground but that's just me as I worry about everything. Anyway she got away with it, and has a bit of class.

"That's the last fillies' Listed race over six or seven furlongs until 2017, and we could all be in Brexit by then!"

- Goracing (21/07/16).

This win follows up Lina De Vega who deserves a sharp rise in class after her flawless winning debut at the Curragh on Sunday.

Patrick Prendergast's inmate, a three-year-old daughter of Lope De Vega, claimed victory by two and three-quarter lengths in a one-mile fillies' maiden.

Lina De Vega will remain in races against her own sex this year, but a step into Group company could be forthcoming.

Prendergast said: "She's a very nice filly but she won't race much this year.

"As for plans, there's the Fairy Bridge, which is a Group Three at Tipperary over seven and a half furlongs in August, and also the Group Three Snow Fairy Stakes (Curragh, August 28), to think about.

"There's also a race in October at Naas, the Garnet Stakes, we could go for.

"She's a lightly-made, lightly-framed filly, so we wouldn't want to run her on heavy ground.

"She's still immature, really, so I think she'll definitely be a better four-year-old."

- HRI 20/07/16.