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Brother Bear set for Ascot assignment following Naas victory

Brother Bear (red cap) in winning action (PA)

Brother Bear got back on track when taking Listed honours in the Owenstown Stud Stakes at Naas.

Since winning at this level nearly 12 months ago at the Curragh, the Jessica Harrington-trained colt had been out of luck, including when a close fourth in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Brother Bear (5-2 favourite) had shaped well when third over course and distance three weeks ago, after a 211-day break, and reaped the benefit of that outing by running out a length-and-a-half winner over Riyazan in the hands of Colm O’Donoghue.

Harrington said: “It’s great to get him back on track. He had a good run here and that’s the first time he’s really had good to firm ground since last summer. He definitely appreciates it.

“He might go to (Royal) Ascot for the Jersey. I’m not sure he’d get a mile at this stage – he might do later in his life. I think that is the logical step to go.”

The County Kildare trainer was completing a quick across-the-card double after Jetez went in at Limerick.

And her rich vein of form continued when Servalan (10-1) and Chicas Amigas gave her a one-two in the Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies’ Sprint Stakes.

The duo had the race to themselves in the closing stages, with Servalan proving the stronger in the hands of Seamie Heffernan to prevail by a length and a quarter.

So Perfect, the 4-9 favourite, was only fourth for the Aidan O’Brien team.

Servalan was given a quote of 16-1 for the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot with Paddy Power.

Harrington said: “They are both very good and will go to Ascot, although I’m not sure in what races they will run. We will see nearer the time.

“Servalan luckily missed the break a bit and Seamie dropped her in. When he pulled her out she was very easy and quickened up great.

“It’s nice to have two good fillies. They both came on well from their first run and will come on again.”

The final two races on the card were cancelled in the interests of safety, with a slippery surface on the bend into the home straight following some light rain during the day.

A number of riders expressed their concern after the first race.

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