Thursday 8 December 2016

Frontier peaks in Anglesey

Published 18/07/2015 | 18:22

Final Frontier ridden by Shane Foley (left) before winning the Jebel Ali Racecourse & Stables Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh
Final Frontier ridden by Shane Foley (left) before winning the Jebel Ali Racecourse & Stables Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh

Final Frontier followed up his debut success with a narrow verdict to claim Group Three honours in the Jebel Ali Racecourse & Stables Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh.

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Jessica Harrington's colt just kept the Ger Lyons-trained Miss Katie Mae at bay by a neck as the pair came close together in the closing stages.

Mark Johnston's Rogues' Gallery set the pace, with Final Frontier (5-6 favourite) held up last of five in the early part of the race until coming round the outside to lead a furlong out.

Miss Katie Mae overcame trouble in running to mount a strong bid but was just denied.

The result was allowed to stand following an inquiry.

"He needs stepping up to seven furlongs," said Harrington.

"Shane (Foley) said he was asleep for the first half of the race.

"When he picked him up he almost picked up too quickly.

"He got to the front too soon, was idling in front and the filly (Miss Katie Mae) came back at him.

"He did that well and quickened very well.

"He'll definitely step up to seven now and you'd imagine he'll go for the National Stakes here.

"We'll give him a little time."

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