The Barronstown-bred Cherry Blossom (2f No Nay Never – Canada Water, by Dansili) confirmed herself an exciting prospect when running out an impressive winner of Saturday’s six furlong maiden at the Curragh.
The daughter of No Nay Never is evidently held in high regard by Aidan O’Brien, who debuted the bay in a Listed race in which she finished fourth, despite stumbling at the start. Sent off favourite on her second start, she disputed in the early stages, before asserting from halfway under Ryan Moore. Drawing clear a furlong from home, she ran on well to win by an easy five lengths.
“We’re delighted with her,” O’Brien said after the race. “She’s probably a very smart filly and we’ll have a look at the Lowther with her now. She looks like a Cheveley Park filly in time.”
Owned by Coolmore partners and Westerberg, Cherry Blossom was sold by Barronstown Stud at the Goffs Orby Sale to MV Magnier. She was bred by Barronstown out of a full-sister to Arc hero Rail Link.