Alexander extends Goldrun with Pretty Polly repeat
RAY GLENNON ALEXANDER Goldrun won her fifth Group One race when completing an Audi Pretty Polly Stakes double at the Curragh yesterday, but jockey Kevin Manning had to hold off Chelsea Rose in the final half-furlong.
Trainer Jim Bolger said: "She was looking after herself in the last furlong and just did enough to hold on. She is a sound filly and easy to train, although she reserves her best efforts for the racecourse.
"She has a great appetite and will go for the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, the Baileys Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and the Prix de L'Opera in France. Hopefully she will receive an invitation for the Hong Kong Cup," he added.
Noel O'Callaghan's filly produced a faster time than when beating Red Bloom last year, and that English filly was further behind this time.
Red Bloom set a strong pace ahead of Chelsea Rose with Perfect Hedge, Alexander Goldrun and Queen Cleopatra with six furlongs to run. In the final three furlongs Red Bloom held the advantage over Chelsea Rose and Alexander Goldrun, with the winner's stable companion Tropical Lady moving into fourth.
Approaching the final furlong Manning sent Alexander Goldrun into the lead and the filly went three quarters of a length up before Chelsea Rose renewed her challenge.
Pat Shanahan's mount ran her heart out, but the winner held her advantage.
Shanahan rode his first winner since returning from injury when Redstone Dancer came home in the Unicorn Homes Summer Handicap.
Trainer Sheena Collins said: "I thought she might be placed. The plan is to try to get a listed race win with her and she will hopefully be better with a little ease in the going."
Redstone Dancer is the first horse to carry the colours of her lucky owner, and the first prize of over ?58,000 shows what a shrewd buy she was.
Eoin Griffin, who trains mostly national hunt horses in South Kilkenny, saddled his first juvenile winner when Finicius landed the Netjets Maiden Race in the hands of John Murtagh.
The winning trainer said: "He will probably go for the Tyros Stakes. I am not surprised he won."
When Murtagh made his move Finicius produced a nice turn of foot and burst into the lead inside the final furlong. Sleeting Shadow ran on well for second and should not take long to lose his maiden tag.
The Jordan Town and Country Estate Agents Handicap was won by topweight Crooked Throw, brought with a strong late run by Kieren Fallon to go past Great Hope and Hello Man.
An objection was lodged by apprentice Michael Lane against the winner, which did take the ground of Segoria one furlong from home, but it was overruled by the stewards.
John Oxx saddled Mkuzi for the Group Three At The Races Curragh Cup in an attempt to win this race for the third successive time.
However, the colt had to settle for third place behind another Oxx runner, Kastoria, and English challenger Collier Hill.
Oxx reported: "Mkuzi came up against two better horses. Kastoria has now won a Group Three race and we will give her a prep race before the Irish St Leger."
Mkuzi got in front a little early but ran well when challenged by Collier Hill and the winner.
John Murtagh completed a treble in bringing the Michael Halford-trained Addicted with a strong, late run to take the Roadbridge Maiden Race, giving Halford a double as he earlier saddled Nick's Nikita to win the Woodies DIY Derby Handicap.