Lor­dan switches back to turf with a tre­ble

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports News - BRIAN O’CON­NOR

IRE­LAND’S NEW­EST cham­pion jockey, Wayne Lor­dan, smoothly made the tran­si­tion back to turf rac­ing yes­ter­day when se­cur­ing a 606 to 1 Cur­ragh tre­ble, high­lighted by Chrysan­the­mum’s Group Three suc­cess.

On Fri­day night Lor­dan was crowned cham­pion jockey at the end of Dun­dalk’s first win­ter pro­gramme on the all-weather, notch­ing up 13 win­ners, two ahead of his near­est ri­val, Kevin Man­ning.

In glo­ri­ous high-sum­mer like con­di­tions at head­quar­ters yes­ter­day, the Cork man se­cured back-to-back vic­to­ries in the Lodge Park Stud Park Ex­press Stakes as Chrysan­the­mum beat off the favourite Twirl to bounce back to win­ning form.

The Dane­hill Dancer filly was a Park Stakes win­ner as a ju­ve­nile and her trainer David Wach­man said af­ter­wards: “She likes an ease in the ground which she never re­ally got last year. She was third in a Group One, though, and was en­ti­tled to win on that form.”

Lor­dan dou­bled up on board Cool­na­gree in the fol­low­ing seven fur­long hand­i­cap, the Wil­lie MCCreery-trained filly hold­ing off Ish­vana by a length, and pulled off his hat-trick on board Wach­man’s Amira’s Prince in the mile maiden.

Sharestan took the first step to­wards ful­fill­ing his con­sid­er­able po­ten­tial when land­ing the Tote Lin­colnshire on just his third ca­reer start.

Un­raced at two due to in­jury, John Oxx was never com­pletely happy with the colt as a three­year-old but Sharestan looks a black-type per­former in wait­ing judged by the way he com­fort­ably won yes­ter­day’s big hand­i­cap.

“I didn’t t hink he’d be ex­pe­ri­enced enough but we al­ways thought a lot of him,” Oxx said.

“He was still a bit green there and will sharpen up. I sup­pose we will step him up to a Listed race now.

“There’s the Her­itage at Leop­ard­stown in three weeks time.”

Oxx’s two big clas­sic hopes for 2012, Born To Sea and Akeed Mofeed, could reap­pear at that same Leop­ard­stown fix­ture and the trainer didn’t rule out both horses run­ning in the same 2,000 Guineas Trial over a mile.

“Akeed Mofeed could run at a mile in­stead of in the Ballysax. We might give him his chance. But so much can change. It’s day to day with them at this time of year,” he said. “But I wouldn’t rule out them both run­ning in the same race.”

The first run­ner on the track for the 2008 Derby win­ner New Ap­proach proved to be a win­ner as the well-touted Dawn Ap­proach won the first race of the 2012 turf sea­son un­der Kevin Man­ning.

“He’ll have learned a lot from that. He’s very laid back, a bit dif­fer­ent to his old man,” said Jim Bol­ger who fa­mously trained the sire to be a cham­pion at both two and three.

“He will im­prove and a longer trip will bring more im­prove­ment.”

Croisul­tan had top­weight in the six fur­long hand­i­cap but that proved no bother to the for­mer Listed win­ner who won first time of ask­ing for his new trainer Der­mot Weld.

The Listed Cork Stakes on Easter Satur­day is next up for the ex-liam Mca­teer han­dled sprinter and Weld said: “I thought he might win. He came to me just af­ter Christ­mas.”

Wayne Lor­dan: 606 to 1 Cur­ragh tre­ble.

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