GBI RACING

Gobi Desert takes Legacy spoils at Navan

Gobi Desert

Gobi Desert continued his education as he came with a late run to take the Legacy Stakes at Navan.

Brick By Brick made a bold bid from the front, but Golden Spell began to wear him down on entering the final furlong.

However, as befitting a man at the top of his form, Colin Keane - who is embroiled in a terrific tussle with Pat Smullen to be crowned champion jockey - got Gobi Desert (3-1) rolling to give Ger Lyons another decent prize. Brother Bear was the unplaced favourite.

Lyons said: "He hated the ground. Colin blamed himself the last day for riding him too prominent, but rode him the way he wanted to today.

"You have to ride him cold, but he's a seven-furlong minimum horse on better ground. I should think that will be his final run (this year) and hopefully we will hold on to him. He will be a nice horse next year on better ground going further.

"All he did today was stay, he was as green as grass, hated the ground. You couldn't have been more negative and the only positive thing we can say about the experience is that he won."

Bye Bye Baby justified 5-4 favouritism in the Staffordstown Stud Stakes.

Winner of a Newmarket maiden last time out, Donnacha O'Brien kept things simple and bounced out in front on the Galileo filly.

Allowed an easy time of things in front, nothing got close to Aidan O'Brien's charge, with Madeleine Tylicki's Coeur D'Amour taking a big step forward in second.

The winning rider said: "She's done it nicely. She got it easy up front and quickened up well. She tries hard and is taking her racing well.

"Hopefully she will be a nice middle-distance filly next year."

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