Success Days springs Ballysax surprise
The Ken Condon trained, Success Days caused an upset in the P.W McGrath Ballysax Stakes under an enterprising front running ride from Shane Foley.
Condon’s charge, a winner at Cork last week, made all the running to land the Group Three contest with Zafilani back in second and 1/4 favourite John F Kennedy a disappointing third.
Winning jockey Foley revealed, ” We were hopeful. He traveled well and went through the ground with ease. It’s onwards and upwards from here, who knows how good he can be”.
Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen continued their blistering start to the season with a second four-timer in two days.
Zawraq looks to have serious classic claims after his easy victory in the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial. The Shamardal colt travelled with ease throughout under Smullen and quickened nicely off the bend to go on and score by three and a half lenghts with Endless Drama back in second.
Trainer, Weld said of the winner, “I see him as a Derby horse. He will stay further and the further he goes the better he will get.
“I’m happy to wait for the Derrinstown back here but I will talk to Sheikh Hamdan and see what he thinks.”
There was also success for Weld and Smullen in the 1000 Guineas trial as Stormfly ran out a three and three quarter length winner with Devonshire second and Military Angel back in third.
“She had to battle hard to win on her previous start and was a very fit filly coming here. She just done enough last time but obviously progressed,” said Weld.
“We’ll maybe look at the French Guineas. She’s tough and genuine. She idles a bit and is a lazy filly. She only does what she has to. She’s the sort of filly that could suit that sort of race.”
Zannda was the opening leg of the Weld and Smullen four-timer, getting the better of Wedding Vow in the Fillies Maiden while Zafayan triumphed in the Leopardstown Club 25 Membership Handicap in the colours of Dr. Ronan Lambe.
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