Ballydoyle seals fourth stakes success
Ballydoyle Honey claimed a fourth sweepstake success of the year at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night when riding a first-bend bump to credit connections with the €7,500 Billy Mulvaney Memorial 600 prize.
There were just five runners with Highview Apollo an absentee but there was major trouble on the first bend which saw second favourite Laughil Duke knocked to the ground with Blenheim Cracker a major sufferer also while Ballydoyle took a hefty bump.
It all resulted in outsider Tynwald Rodney leading into the back by two lengths from Ballydoyle and favourite punters were worried when Tynwald's advantage became three lengths by halfway. But then Ballydoyle settled into her stride and she closed right up around the bottom before striking for home on the run-in and she won by three-and-a-half lengths from Tynwald Rodney in 32.55 with Samiya some three lengths third after a tardy start.
Quizzed about the bitch's future target, trainer's wife Nicky Holland said: "She hasn't come in season yet and it all depends on that. Obviously the Night of Stars would be the obvious place for her but we will just have to wait and see".
Our long-range fancy Secreto totally justified that confidence when producing a splendid performance in the concluding second round heat of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick on Saturday. He walked out of traps but worked his way into third around the opening bend.
He then shot between the leaders Bypass Fan Jet and Jaytee Valencia entering the third bend and drew right away to win by four-and-a-half lengths from Jaytee Valencia in a brilliant fastest of the competition 29.32.