TYRONE trainer, Andy Oliver failed to get on the Galway Festival scoreboard, however, ‘Simply True’, which had no luck in running at Ballybrit was quickly out again on Monday and justified support from 12/1 to 9/2 in the finale at Naas.
The Caledon handler was doubly represented in the Apprentice handicap, also running ‘Inside Tel’, which finished seventh, but had made early arrangements to book Mickey Sheehy for the mount on the winner – the top apprentice being based with trainer, Joseph O’Brien.
‘Simply True’ had raced on Wednesday of last week, finishing behind ‘The Flying Scotsman’, which won twice at Galway, but asserted two furlongs from home to score easily on Monday evening. The trainer’s other runner at the fixture, ‘Pin Your Hopes’, filled third in the Champions Maiden earlier in the day.
Oliver said: “She was very unlucky at Galway. Mickey (Sheehy) gave her a great positive ride from the front. Mikey has ridden two winners for me in the last couple of weeks (‘Shake A Leg’ at Leopardstown and this one) and given them peaches of rides. She’s improving all the time.”
Regarding the talented filly, ‘Make a Promise’, denied a head in a photo finish on her debut at Naas earlier last month, the local trainer said: “I’ll look for a maiden for her in the next couple of weeks.”
Oliver also advised he had sold ‘Confidence High’, a dual winner for the stable, to Hong Kong connections following the son of ‘Kodiac’ finishing a very good runner up in the Group 3 Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown last month behind the Aga Khan owned, ‘Sinawann’, trained by Michael Halford – the last named entered in the Irish Champion Stakes next month.