Lavery wins Nasrullah Handicap with Magnetic North

Thu 11th Jul 2019, 20:10

photoMagnetic North (6, leading)
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By Tom Weekes
Trainer Sheila Lavery gained a first Premier Handicap win at Leopardstown today as her Magnetic North landed the E100,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nasrullah Handicap under jockey Rory Cleary.

The four year old son of Born To Sea was following up another handicap win at Navan last month when today beating Innamorare by a neck.

Afterwards Lavery, who tragically lost star filly Lady Kaya last month, said “that was great and I’m delighted for Rory as he was to ride him in the Lincoln but the horse didn’t get in. He’s ridden work for me, and gave him a beautiful ride.

“I was surprised he got away with the ground. He toughed it out but Rory said he wouldn’t want that too often. This was worth so much and the race broke up a lot so I had to take a chance.

“He’ll be entered in all the big handicaps at Galway, and I think he’s more effective on soft ground. It’s not that I target Galway but I just have a lot of soft ground horses.

“If it’s only yielding (at Galway) the mile might be a bit sharp for him but if it gets soft there are more options.”

Quotes from Alan Magee

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