A step up in trip saw Dawn Rising (3c Galileo – Devoted To You, by Danehill Dancer) gain his maiden win in impressive fashion at Limerick on Monday.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained bay was sent off favourite for the mile and a half maiden following a promising fourth last time out at the Curragh. Wayne Lordan rode him to make all, extending their advantage to four lengths at halfway and was travelling well as they turned for home. Pushed out inside the final furlong, he won by 12 lengths with ease.
Speaking after the race, Wayne Lordan said, “He’s a lovely, big, staying horse who had a very good run at the Curragh the last day. He won with plenty in hand at the end.”
Owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier, Dawn Rising is a full-brother to Irish Derby victor Sovereign. Their full-sister sold to Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Aquis Farms for €1.1million at last year’s Goffs Orby Sale.