Banimpire shows class to book Royal Ascot ticket
Jim Bolger's Banimpire ruled the roost in yesterday's Group Three Noblesse Stakes at Cork and looks to have earned a trip to Royal Ascot.
Fifth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas last month, the likeable daughter of Holy Roman Emperor had too much class and beat the front-running Sense Of Purpose by three lengths. A trip to Royal Ascot for Thursday's Ribblesdale Stakes is the next target for Banimpire, providing she recovers from her exertions. Jockey Kevin Manning said: "She's hardly had a race."
Bolger, meanwhile, has confirmed that Teolane -- which captured in the Listed six-furlong Coolmore Stud EBF Sprint Stakes at Naas last Monday -- will run in the Albany Stakes on Friday at Royal Ascot, while Claiomh Solais, fourth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, takes her chance in the Coronation Stakes.
The Clive Cox-trained Polly's Mark might have only managed fourth behind Banimpire, but the raiders had better luck in the Galtee Midsummer Sprint Stakes
Inxile picked up another decent pot for 'sprint king' Dandy Nicholls with a customary all-the-way success in the five-furlong contest.
Ridden by the trainer's son Adrian, the six-year-old pinged the stalls and was soon in command. The evens favourite was always going too well for the opposition and kept on strongly to beat fellow British raider Liberty Lady by three-quarters of a length.
Nicholls Snr said: "He'll have next weekend off and go to The Curragh for the Sapphire Stakes on Irish Derby day. Then he'll go for the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Prix de l'Abbaye."
David Wachman introduced a decent colt in the shape of Rambling Rake, which proved much too good for some experienced rivals in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden. Billy Lee settled him off the pace and when he pulled out to challenge, the grey (12/1) produced a nice turn of foot to lead a furlong and a half out and beat favourite Rockview Diamond by two lengths.
Fran Berry drove Tom McCourt's Inishmot Duchess to a hard-fought success over Khelino, which was racing on the other side of the track, in a private duel for the Kerry Group Handicap.
Berry completed a double when Back Burner shed his maiden tag in good style by five lengths from outsider Hurricane Twister. This son of Big Bad Bob, trained by Jessica Harrington, was heavily backed from 11/2 to 3/1 favourite and scored readily.
Ted Dolly, which had finished fourth at Limerick on Saturday night, was turned out quickly to gain compensation in the closing seven-furlong handicap.
Joanna Morgan's gelding was fancied to get the job done at the second time of asking, being backed from 7/2 into 7/4 favouritism.