Barnavara (Calyx) Impresses On Debut At The Curragh

Exciting Calyx Two-Year-Old Unveiled At The Curragh

Barnavara (2f Calyx – Alfea, by Kentucky Dynamite) will be aimed at the Albany Stakes after the Jessica Harrington-trained filly made an impressive debut at the Curragh on Monday.

Racing prominently on the stands side, the bay began to draw clear with another rival from two furlongs out, but asserted a furlong later. Running on strongly under Shane Foley, she led by four lengths on the line.

Speaking after the race, Harrington revealed, “She was up here the other morning on the Curragh on softish ground, the first time we had her on grass, and we were delighted with her. She might have another run and then go to Ascot for the Albany. We’ll see how she comes out of that but she won very easily.”

Owned by Alpha Racing, the second crop daughter of Calyx was bred by Andriy Milovonov and Victor Tymoshenko.

Calyx enjoyed another smart winner later that afternoon when Galyx (3c Calyx – Gallic Star, by Galileo) comfortably justified favouritism on his second start at Windsor.

Charlie Bishop positioned the Jack Channon-trained colt in midfield in the early stages of the mile novice stakes and began to make headway from three furlongs out. Ridden to lead approaching the final furlong, the bay soon drew clear and kept on to win by two and a quarter lengths.

“I was very impressed with how professional he was,” said Jack Channon after the race. “He showed a bit of class today and he's a nice horse. We won't overface him too soon. Something like a nice handicap at Glorious Goodwood would be on the cards, after another novice in the next month or so, but I'll be excited about him as a four-year-old.”

Galyx is owned by Jon and Julia Aisbitt, who bred him out of their Listed winner Gallic Star (Galileo).