Son Of Yeats Delivers For New Connections
Pileon (5g Yeats - Heath Heaven, by Alflora) produced a taking performance on his first start under rules, when running out a comfortable winner of Sunday’s bumper at Exeter.
The Philip Hobbs-trained favourite was purchased by connections for £60,000 after his close fourth in a four-year-old maiden at Boulta for Tom Keating. Ridden prominently by champion jockey Richard Johnson, the bay took the lead before halfway and was shaken up to extend his advantage over a furlong from home. Running home strongly, he beat his nearest market rival, Story Of Friends, by four and a half lengths.
Owned by Tim Syder and Martin St Quinton, Pileon was bred by P Hennessy out of a half-sister to the black-type mare Naranja, from the family of Long Run.
Meanwhile, earlier at Duhallow, the Sam Curling owned and trained Forthegreatergood (5m Yeats - Feast Or Famine, by Presenting) gained a well-deserved win in the Five-Year-Old Mares Maiden.
Second on both her previous starts, and beaten just a length and a half each time, she showed the benefit of experience when beating Finisk Mist (Mahler) by six lengths on Sunday, with a further four lengths back to Rockfield Fame (Fame and Glory) in third.
Bred by Miss Caroline Coonan, Forthegreatergood is the first winner out of the mare, a half-sister to Listed winner Blue Ride.