Lenehan's last stint as a trainer lasted just one season in 1998 and he began it with a bang, landing a sizeable gamble when the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Approvance
won a 1m handicap at Cork.
Winning form in listed races on the Flat is not always followed by a life at stud - as Approvance
Oliver Sherwood is enthusing over the recent arrival of APPROVANCE
My nap meets Approvance
on terms 7lb worse than weight-for-age and Jimmy Lenehan's tough six-year-old will be a hard nut to crack.
Geoge Duffield's mount, a half-length second to Porto Foricos in the renamed John Smith's Cup at York last Saturday, faces 12 rivals in the nine-furlong event, notably hat-trick seeking Approvance
and Aidan O'Brien's Fairy Ridge.
Oliver Sherwood's horses are in excellent form, and he can fire in a Stratford treble with Drumlin (3.05), Sir d'Orton (4.50) and Approvance
Manning popped the four-year-old out of the stalls in front and domianted the race, slipping clear early in the straight and running on to beat Heed My Warning by two and a half lengths, with Playacting third and Approvance
was plunged on at all prices from 6-1 to 2-1 favourite for the Heineken Handicap and was always travelling like a winner.
Although Oliver Sherwood's Approvance
has been pulled up in his two runs so far over jumps and has not been seen for more than a year, he is the one to be with in Stratford's Knight Frank Novices' Hurdle (8.55).
DROPPING in class after coming up against Second Empire at the Curragh last time, Approvance
looks a good bet to lift the fifth day feature, the Harp Lager Ruby Stakes at Tralee today.
Baraguey, who got up close home to beat Pennekamp's former lead horse Approvance
, was ridden by Weatherbys chairman Johnny Weatherby in a race in which all the riders had raised a minimum of pounds 1,000 in sponsorship for the Racing Welfare Charities Millennium Appeal.
Another interesting contender is Jimmy Lenehan's smart grey gelding Approvance
, winner of two handicaps and a listed race from four outings this season.