Devonshire lifts Listowel Listed prize for Willie McCreery
Published 16/09/2015 | 17:55
Classic-placed Devonshire gained a well-deserved victory as she took Listed honours in the Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes at the County Kerry venue.
Third in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Willie McCreery-trained filly was always in the perfect position in second under Billy Lee as Queen Of Alba made the running.
From the moment Lee asked Devonshire to go and win her race approaching the home turn over two furlongs out, the race was as good as over and she won for the first time since October.
The 2-1 favourite quickly went clear and galloped on powerfully to score by four and a half lengths from Alive Alive Oh. Queen Of Alba kept on to claim third place.
McCreery said: "She deserved that as she'd finished second twice in Group races and was third in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.
"The poor old devil has just been placed, placed, placed and I'm delighted to see her get her head in front.
"She's very honest, had run well early in the year on soft ground and will now step back to Group Three company. Bill (Lee) said she might get a mile and two.
"Things just didn't work out the last day and today Bill had to go to the front (as early as he did) because she was tanking with him.
"She's worth a lot more now. I hope she'll come back next year."
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The Alan Fleming-trained five-year-old, owned by Barry Connell, bolted up by eight lengths in the hands of Adrian Heskin.
Pinwood (8-1) led in the last 100 yards to make a winning debut in the Exchange Inn Ballybunion & Kevin Broderick's Bar Listowel Median Auction Maiden for trainer Ken Condon and jockey Shane Foley.
Michael Mulvany's Dew Line (8-1) got off the mark at the ninth attempt in the Listowel Arms Handicap under Leigh Roche.
Kevin Manning made all the running on Jim Bolger's Sr Cartage (11-2) to land the Seamus Mulvaney Handicap by three lengths from Snakes And Ladders, while Cloghala (6-1) took the concluding bumper for trainer Tony Mullins.