Tuesday 17 October 2017

Linehan's 'Harbour' maintains Oaks form

Forest Natalee was first of the favourites into action. Stock photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Forest Natalee was first of the favourites into action. Stock photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The big two dominated the quarter-finals of the Sporting Press Micro Dog ID Irish Oaks at Shelbourne Park on Saturday with Droopys Harbour and Forest Natalee both producing high-class performances in registering comfortable victories.

Forest Natalee was first of the favourites into action and she once again blitzed her rivals with stunning early pace. She appeared to stay stronger this time as she won by two lengths from Coolavanny Pet in 28.24 with Jumeirah Charm in third.

The John Linehan-trained Droopys Harbour was even more impressive as she flew to the bend and ran out a four-and-a-half-length winner from Mystical Moll in 28.16.

The Pat Norris-trained Tibet is the other unbeaten runner in the classic after leading all the way to beat Ardrahan Zindi by a length in 28.33. The other heat went to Gary Loughnane's 12/1 chance Ballykett Beauty as she held off Cabra Angel by half a length in 28.58.

The Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger commenced at Limerick with a Graham Holland treble and the star was his Produce Stakes and Irish Laurels winner Clonbrien Hero as he won by three lengths from Typical Ash in 29.49.

His winning kennel companions were Hovex Mick in 29.72 and Sonic in 29.83. The latter was hugely impressive as he came from last place to beat Jaytee Barracuda by almost three lengths.

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