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Sergei Prokofiev powers to Rochestown Stakes glory at Naas

Aidan O’Brien has a really smart colt on his hands in the shape of Sergei Prokofiev (Brian Lawless/PA)

Sergei Prokofiev had little trouble landing the odds in the Coolmore War Command Rochestown Stakes at Naas.

Aidan O’Brien’s exciting youngster was close to the lead in third place as Mick Channon’s British raider Izzer set the pace.

The 2-7 favourite hit the front under Ryan Moore and soon put the race to bed.

Andre Amar made late gains to take the runner-up spot, some four lengths adrift, with Offline third and Izzer weakening into fourth.

RaceBets cut the winner to 4-1 favourite from 9-2 for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, with BoyleSports 2-1 from 3-1, and O’Brien said: “He’s learning and when he gets more pace in front of him it will help.

“He’s very natural and gets there very easy – Ryan is very happy with him.

“It will be either the Coventry or the Norfolk (at the Royal meeting) and will depend on what we do with some of the other two-year-olds.

“He won’t mind going five or six (furlongs).”

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