Friday 20 October 2017

Shadow Eile keeps on shining to book her ticket for Festival

Thomas Kelly

Shadow Eile booked her Galway ticket with victory in the opening Maiden at Ballinrobe.

Successful in Grade Two company over timber at the Irish Grand National meeting when last seen, Dot Love's mare was having her first outing on the Flat and was preceded in the market by another useful jumper in the shape of Willie Mullins' Dare To Doubt.

The favourite went in pursuit when Joseph O'Brien kicked Shadow Eile into the lead over two furlongs from the finish, but the 15/8 chance had plenty in reserve and won a shade cosily by a length and three-quarters.

Assistant trainer Ciaran Murphy said: "She's in the Galway Hurdle, but if it's looking like she mightn't get in there is a nice mile-and-six race for her there. She has plenty of boot."

Our Nana Rose (5/2 favourite) also carried on her winning NH form back on the Flat in the Paddy Smyth Memorial Apprentice Handicap.

Successful at Bellewstown and Sligo already this month, Pat Martin's mare capitalised on a lowly rating to beat Everything Zain by three-quarters of a length.

Mullins may have been out of luck with Dare To Doubt, but the champion trainer was back in the winner's circle after Dougal Philps (4/6 favourite) outclassed his rivals in the Craic On The Track 19th August Maiden.

The Joanna Morgan-trained Snap Alam (11/4) claimed the biggest prize of the evening when emerging triumphant in the Flannery's Bistro Rated Race.

Declan McDonogh sent the mare after Kedleston approaching the turn for home and, after a tussle up the straight, she got home by half a length.

Irish Independent

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