Prime Art (2f Churchill – Mona Lisa’s Smile, by War Front) built on two promising efforts to get off the mark at Naas on Thursday.
Fourth on both her previous starts, the Johnny Murtagh-trained bay was partnered by Ben Coen in the fillies’ maiden over six furlongs. Racing prominently throughout, she was shaken up to dispute after the two furlong pole and led approaching the final furlong. Keeping on well, she won by half a length, with another length and a half back to the favourite in third.
Speaking after the race, the winning trainer said, “I fancied her the last time and maybe seven stretched her a little bit, but as everyone said was a very hot race the last day as well. She’s a nice filly and she’s progressing all the time. We may give her one more run if there is a stakes race for her.”
Prime Art was sold by Barronstown Stud at the Goffs Orby Sale for €110,000 and is now owned by Kevin Doyle, Mrs John Magnier and Mrs David Nagle. The daughter of Churchill was bred by Barronstown out of a winning sister to Group 1 winners Horatio Nelson and Van Gogh.