Huge shocks in St Leger quarter-finals at Limerick
Published 17/10/2016 | 02:30
It was shocks virtually all the way at Limerick on Saturday as Ballinakil Clare was the only favourite to oblige in the quarter-finals of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger.
The Graham Holland trained Ballinakil Clare gave her supports no anxious moments in the first heat, where she flashed out and came home five lengths clear from Chilmark Chaser in 29.64.
Jaytee Jet was the evens favourite for the second heat and led up, but drifted wide on the bend and 20-1 chance Swithins Brae slipped into the lead. Swithins won by a length-and-a-half from Jaytee in 29.84, with Highview Event two lengths back in third.
There was another upset in the third heat, where Oaks winner Witches Belle was baulked on the first and third bends and made her exit. Victory here went to John Kelleher's Native Chimes, which edged out Burgess Dubh by a neck in 30.13, with Country Legend in third.
There was a massive upset in the last heat, where Priceless Brandy went off a 2-5 favourite, but he broke slowly and was badly baulked on the opening bend. Rachel Wheeler's High St Jesse led all the way and won by two-and-a-half lengths from Arclight Bolt in 29.87, with Priceless Brandy making up big ground to qualify.