Racing The four-year-old won on turf for the first time in the 1m2f Listed contest

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Numerian proves too strong for last year's Derby favourite Sir Dragonet

March 23, 2020

The four-year-old won on turf for the first time in the 1m2f Listed contest

Numerian, gelded at Christmas after failing to win on turf last year, proved too strong for last year's Derby runner-up Sir Dragonet to get back to winning ways in the Devoy Stakes at Naas, writes Mark Boylan

Declan McDonogh got a strong response from Numerian, who was winning on turf for the first time in the 1m2f Listed contest.

Sir Dragonet, last year's Chester Vase winner, moved up effortlessly in the straight to go on with Halimi entering the final two furlongs.

But when McDonogh got Numerian out of a pocket behind them, there was only going to be one winner as he won going away by two and three quarter lengths.

Earlier on the card, Chris Hayes proved master of the 7f Madrid Handicap again as he won the valuable race for the fourth time in the last five years when bringing In From The Cold (8-1) from the back of the 14-runner field.

Winning trainer Michael Mulvany also saddled the third The King Of Kells (13-2), who helped force the pace before giving best with Camachita (12-1) snatching second.

Amazingly, Hayes was winning the race for a fourth different trainer, having been successful for Kevin Prendergast, Fozzy Stack and Richard O'Brien before having to settle for second last year on Black Magic Woman for Jack Davison behind the Aidan O'Brien-trained winner Never No More.

But when McDonogh got Numerian out of a pocket behind them, there was only going to be one winner as he won going away by two and three quarter lengths.

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