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Sunday 31 August 2014

Aspect back to winning ways

Published 13/07/2013 | 17:47

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Sacred Aspect

Sacred Aspect regained the winning thread with an ultimately impressive performance in the Danehill Dancer Tipperary Stakes.

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Ken Condon's juvenile (7-1) had previously finished down the field in what might prove to have been a strong renewal of the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot won by Kiyoshi.

Dropped to five furlongs for the first time, she has plenty of talent of her own and although taking a while to hit her stride under Shane Foley, she eventually won going away by a length as she overturned the always prominent 1-2 favourite Abbakova in this Listed contest.

Condon said: "They went very quick up front and after a furlong she was off the bridle a bit. Ideally she wants seven. We weren't too disappointed by her run at Royal Ascot, she was drawn in one and it was the wrong place to be on the day.

"She is in the Silver Flash Stakes on Thursday, but that will come too soon. She is also in the Debutante Stakes and the Moyglare, but she may have a run before going for them. She may also have to improve to run in those races. She has size and scope and when they have that, they can improve."

Illinois responded well to an aggressive ride from Seamie Heffernan to run out a convincing winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden for juveniles on his debut. Aidan O'Brien's son of Galileo (2-1) was pushed to the front early on and kicked for home off the turn into the straight, holding the odds-on favourite Warbird by three and a quarter lengths.

David Wachman's three-year-old Bronte (100-30) showed her older rivals the way home as she won the Summer Sunday Family Day On 21st July Handicap from the front under Billy Lee, quickening clear from the two pole to score by a length and a half.

Lee said: "She is a fierce consistent filly. She likes to make it but she can be ridden from anywhere and she is improving."

Kevin Prendergast's 4-5 favourite Dorothy Parker could not have done it any easier in the Fillies Friday Night Out 9th August Maiden, bouncing out in front and staying there without being asked a question by back-from-injury Sam James to score by two and a quarter lengths.

The fact that the Dermot Weld-trained Magnolia Ridge was sent off the 8-13 favourite for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden probably said plenty about the opposition, and he had only to be kept up to his work by Pat Smullen to record a facile victory by five and a half lengths.

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