Antarctica books Norfolk Stakes ticket with Naas win | Race News

It was almost a carbon copy of The Antarctic’s debut at Tipperary as Aidan O’Brien’s talented two-year-old maintained his unbeaten record in the Coolmore Stud Calyx race at Naas on Sunday.

Dark Angel’s son was half a length ahead of Wodao on his debut and the Buy 750,000 Guineas and opposing colt Showcasing quickly progressed through this five furlong contest and battled for the top gates.

They were joined at the marker two furlongs by Michael O’Callaghan’s eventual second Mehmar, but Antarctica were not to go under Seamie Heffernan in the closing stages and defied signs of inexperience to be strong on line. He was three-quarter length in hand on second with Wodao a short head further in third.

A trip to Royal Ascot then appears for Battaash’s brother, with the master of Ballydoyle highlighting Norfolk as his planned destination during the summer’s showpiece.

Betfair left the youngster unchanged at 5-1 for the five-stadium event, with O’Brien saying: “He’s quick, obviously he’s a brother to Battaash. He’s got a lot of natural speed and is a great cruiser.

“I’m delighted to have a second run with him and Seamus is very happy with him.

“He’s a real sprinter I would say, he’s very strong and he’s as wide as he is long. I couldn’t be happier with him.

“Seamus said the faster they go in a race the more it suits him. He’s fast and I wouldn’t be sure he’ll stay very far, he’s probably a five furlong horse.

“The plan was to go to Norfolk if everything goes well today. I think that’s the plan, if everyone is happy.”

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