Seamie Heffernan on crest of a wave as he nets 5,277/1 treble at Naas

Kenya and Seamie Heffernan winning the Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh 2018

It was yet another fantastic day at the office for Ballydoyle rider Seamie Heffernan who rode a 5,277/1 winning treble at Naas.

Since the start of the lockdown, Seamie has taken over as the Number 1 rider at Aidan O’Brien’s yard as Ryan Moore is unable to travel over and back to Ireland due to Covid-19 restrictions.

As a consequence, Seamie has had a terrific spell in the saddle and his confidence has grown massively. That confidence is yielding terrific results on the racecourse.

Below we take a look at the three winners that made any Heffernan followers quite wealthy today!

Chief Little Hawk – 22/1

This Air Force Blue colt won well at Navan on debut in June but was subsequently desperately disappointing at Royal Ascot a week later and he fared no better at the Curragh, Cork and Goodwood after.

He took a step back in the right direction when runner-up behind impressive winner Frenetic in Listed company at the Curragh but still had a huge task to win today. He was given a terrific ride by Seamie and saw off Monaasib by a short-head.

Passion – 7/2

There was every reason to believe that today would be Passion’s day as it was the first time she was stepped up to a suitable distance after being outpaced over shorter in some top class races.

She is a full sister to Capri and Cypress Creek so was always going to want further and she got that today stepped up to 1m6f for the first time since, running with credit in the Epsom and Irish Oaks this year.

Sweet Gardenia – 50/1

Frenetic’s form keeps getting boosted non-stop lately and this horse was another to provide Ger Lyons’ filly with another great form boost, finishing 7th behind her at the Curragh when last seen.

She turned out to be a shock winner and was given a terrific ride by Seamie to scoot home and win by more than three lengths. She would have been difficult to pick out as a winner pre-race.


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