Press Association Club Wexford, a stablemate of Dawn Approach and the 6-4 favourite, was all at sea early on but stayed on purposefully to finish a close-up third on his first visit to a racecourse. Murphy said: “He’s a real serious horse. We’ll think about the Coventry at Royal Ascot – he wants quick ground and has speed for anywhere. “He’s a proper one. He’d been working so well at home and doing things so easily.” Won 12 months ago by none other than Dawn Approach, the John Murphy-trained newcomer was largely unconsidered in what looked an up-to-scratch renewal of the five-furlong affair. Shane Foley’s mount maintained an honest gallop throughout, though, and kept on strongly passing the furlong pole to keep at bay Ballydoyle debutant Fountain Of Youth by a length and a half. Big Time caused a 16-1 stir by claiming the Fishery Lane Race at Naas.
The Dodgers have officially acquired left-hander Vidal Nuno from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for catcher Carlos Ruiz.The trade was confirmed by both teams Monday afternoon.In addition, the Dodgers also confirmed that they have extended qualifying offers to two of their free agents — closer Kenley Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner. The two have one week to either accept or decline the qualifying offer, which is a one-year contract for $17.2 million.Given their high value on the free agent market, Jansen and Turner are expected to decline the qualifying offer. The Dodgers would receive a draft pick as compensation if either signs with another team this winter. In Nuno, the Dodgers acquire a 29-year-old left-hander who has pitched as a starter and reliever in parts of four big-league seasons with three teams — the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Mariners — going 5-20 with a 4.02 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.Last season, Nuno pitched almost exclusively in relief for the Mariners, posting a 3.53 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 55 games, including one start. He was not particularly effective against left-handed batters, allowing a .293 batting average and three home runs in 90 plate appearances by left-handers against him. But over his career, he has held lefties to a .224 average and .641 OPS.Nuno figures to compete for a spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen next spring along with fellow left-handers Grant Dayton, Luis Avilan, Adam Liberatore (who underwent elbow surgery in October) and possibly Alex Wood if he is not used as a starter.Nuno is arbitration eligible this winter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error