Jessica Harrington and Barry Geraghty teamed up to land the race that Sizing Europe had made his own at Gowran Park this afternoon with her mare Cailin Annamh rallying in the finish to deny Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh’s Alechi Inois in a super finish to the feature.
The win brought up a double on the day for the trainer after Mark Bolger steered Lake Champlain home in front in the opener on the card and will be a big boost to the trainer after the news recently that stable star Jezki misses the season with injury.
Late and fast was the delivery method of the winner Esoterique for Pierre-Charles Boudot aboard Andre Fabre’s filly as she claimed the front running Integral in the closing stages of the Group 1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.
Ryan Moore attempted to lead all the way on last years winner Integral but couldn’t find enough to repel the recent Jaques le Marois winner and the margin at the end was a comfortable half length success with Irish Rookie behind them in third.
If the remarkable Treve will deliver a historic third straight victory at Longchamp on Sunday it will be from a considerably easier draw than she faced in 2013 when drawn in stall 15 as the Al Shaqab owned wonder drew stall 8 for Sunday’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.
Treve won again in 2014 from stall three and having also been drawn near main market rival New Bay who will break from stall 5 things look set in favour for her this time around.
Rupert Pritchard-Gordon, representing Al Shaqab said: “She’s near New Bay. It’s always good to have the good ones around you.”
Listowel (and a heavy workload) would bring anyone down to earth after the superb Irish Champions Weekend but there was some good racing last week and hopefully we will unearth a few future winners from it.
Unfortunately we’re going to have to drop Plough Boy (In hindsight his win in Killarney lacked depth even if it was visually pleasing) and Malicious Intent (who I’m sure has talent but hard to know if and when we see it given his history). I add two fillies this week who hopefully will prove fruitful to follow.
Two horses trained in Britain feature among the 25 entries for the Group 3 Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes on a high-class card at Tipperary next Sunday, October 4th.
Trainer Brendan Powell has entered his eight-time winner Dark Emerald while David Nicholls could be represented by Sovereign Debt, a six-time scorer whose most recent success came in the Listed Celebration Stakes at the Curragh on Dubai Duty Free Derby weekend in June.
The €67,500 event could also be a target for the Tommy Stack-trained Onenightidreamed and other notable entries include Tom Hogan’s star Gordon Lord Byron, the Charles O’Brien-trained Iveagh Gardens, Dermot Weld’s Tested and Hint Of A Tint, trained by David Wachman. Aidan O’Brien has entered both Sir Isaac Newton and The Happy Prince.
Saturday big handicaps are like shelling peas for trainer Richard Fahey who was celebrating again in the Betfred Cambridgeshire at Newmarket in tight finish to the 34 runner contest as jockey Adam Beschizza did just enough aboard Third Time Lucky to scramble home from Master The World.
Master The World hit the front at the 2f pole but was reeled in by Third Time Lucky at the line with Examiner third and Man Of Harlech back in fourth. Layers paying extra places will be hit by the fifth place finish of well backed fav Portage who went off at 9/2 and GM Hopkins returning to better form in 6th place at the line.
Harry Herbert had to spell the name Shalaa when interviewed on RacingFM early this season but it’s the name on many a set of lips now as the exciting colt powered to victory in the Group 1 Middle Park at Newmarket this afternoon.
Sent off a 1/2f, Frankie Dettori steeered the Al Shaqab Racing colours to the front early and held all rivals at bay with a comfortable success in the end as Buratino for Mark Johnston got closest to the winner who now looks well set for Classic tilts next year for trainer John Gosden. Now a best priced 14/1 for the 2000 Guineas.
A trio of classy fillies fought out the finish at Newmarket today in the Group 1 Chevely Park Stakes and it was the front running Lumiere who topped them at the line for Mark Johnston and William Buick with Illuminate and Besharah filling the places.
William Buick was delighted and the winner now sits at a best price 14/1 for next years 1000 Guineas.
“She’s very exuberant. Even cantering down she wants to do everything quick, but she’ll mature and I really like way she saw it out to the line. They were snapping at her heels and it was a fantastic performance. I’m so happy for everyone Mark and the whole team had so much faith in her. She’s a bit like riding a coiled spring, there’s not much you can do, you want to sit still and hope she comes back to you.”
Talk of his lengthy absence were exaggerated as Ryan Moore made it back to the saddle this week and it didn’t take long before he found the winning line before the opposition.
On just a third ride back it was a Group 2 success on Time Test who looks set to continue improving for trainer Roger Charlton.
Moore who expressed during the week that he hadn’t spent much time watching horses he was hoping to or likely to ride “just concentrating on getting back” and he was similar in victory here “I’m very lucky to come back from injury and ride horses like this.”
Leading World Hurdle contender for 2016 and former Champion Hurdler Jezki will miss the season according to trainer Jessica Harrington.
The JP McManus hurdler had a long season last year and although losing at the Cheltenham Festival had marked many peoples cards as a likely winner there next March over the longer distance of the World Hurdle. However having returned to the Commonstown Stables in Moone, Co Kildare after a summer break Harrington revealed some “heat” was found in the leg on Thursday morning.