Sunday 11 December 2016

Halford finally sees more from Mor

Published 23/08/2015 | 21:13

Cailin Mor winning at the Curragh
Cailin Mor winning at the Curragh

Cailin Mor bounced back to form with a hard-fought victory in the Luke & Nellie Comer Apprentice Handicap at the Curragh.

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Mick Halford's three-year-old was pushed out by Sean Corby to get the better of Chillie Billie, who had won at the Galway Festival three weeks ago.

Cailin Mor (16-1), who joined Halford's team when Joanna Morgan retired in the spring, got the verdict by half a length after being unplaced in her first three starts this term. Sister Slew was third.

Halford said: "I must admit she's had no luck in the three runs she's had for us.

"A drop of rain and riding her a bit more settled has helped. I'm glad I've got the key to her now.

"She's a big strong filly now. She won her nursery for Joanna last year on fast ground in Fairyhouse. She's a beautiful mover but we were running out of options so she was going to run today whatever the ground.

"We'll see what's in the book for her now, but she stays seven well and enjoyed the ease in the ground, so that will open up her options."

An Saighdiur (8-1) rolled back the years when landing his first victory since April 2014 in the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Handicap.

Andrew Slattery's eight-year-old knuckled down gamely to see off the 100-30 favourite Have A Nice Day by a length and a quarter. Tylery Wonder was third.

"He was handicapped on fast ground and he's always wanted it soft," said Slattery.

"It will be the Ayr Gold Cup or Silver Cup next, whichever he gets into."

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