Classy Camelot Filly Captures Oaks Trial
Even So (3f Camelot - Breeze Hill, by Danehill) rallied bravely to land Saturday’s Listed Oaks Trial at Naas, which saw Coolmore sires fill the first four places.
An impressive maiden winner and Group 3 placed last season, the Ger Lyons-trained filly made a promising return when finishing fifth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas last month. Stepping up to ten furlongs at the weekend, she was sent off favourite under Colin Keane and soon led. Ridden from two furlongs out, she was joined by Laburnum (Galileo) inside the final furlong, but battled back to win by a neck. Silence Please (Gleneagles), who won a Listed contest last month), finished third, closely followed by Moll (Camelot) in fourth, with another 14 lengths back to the rest of the field.
Assistant trainer Shane Lyons commented after the race, “The plan was always to go to the Oaks, because the 1m4f is exactly what Even So wants. If she thrives the way she has been, and gets a little bit of cut in the ground, that's where she'll go. Colin gave her a brilliant ride and the filly helped him plenty too. They are a good match.”
Owned by Mrs John Magnier and Mrs Paul Shanahan, Even So was bred by Lynch Bages out of a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Dr Devious and to the dam of Dancing Rain. Saxon Warrior and Maybe (Galileo) feature further down the page.