Monday 23 October 2017

Harrington on easy Street

Thomas Kelly

Jessica Harrington is eyeing bigger prizes after her Oaks entry Dane Street made it third-time-lucky in the fillies maiden at Fairyhouse last night.

Third behind subsequent Blue Wind Stakes winner Princess Highway at Leopardstown last month, the daughter of Street Cry was sent off 11/4 joint-favourite under Fran Berry and the result was never in serious doubt.

After tracking the leaders, Dane Street was produced at the head of affairs entering the final furlong and she readily pulled three lengths clear of Truthwillsetufree.

"Dane Street is a very big filly and we need to be careful where she goes as she needs a good galloping track. She'll step up in class now," Harrington said.

Knock Stars landed some tidy bets in the six-furlong conditions contest.

Sent off a well-backed 3/1 chance, Pat Martin's charge was settled in third by Chris Hayes through the early stage and she came with a strong run to strike the front half a furlong out.

Colour Of Love flew from the back of the pack but her late challenge was in vain as Knock Stars passed the post a head to the good.

Earlier, Hayes was on the mark with Kevin Prendergast's newcomer Roseraie in the opening maiden.

Front-runner Slope looked to have done enough when forging clear entering the final furlong but the winner finished with a rattle to get up by a neck in the shadow of the post.

Man Of Erin defied a 13lb hike in the weights for last month's Naas success when following up in the La Bucca Restaurant Handicap.

Bill Farrell's 4/1 favourite has improved out of all recognition since being gelded during his winter break and could remain ahead off the assessor despite another likely rise for beating Moscow Treat by half a length.

The seven-furlong maiden went to 5/4 favourite Hi Emperor, which provided Sean Hennessy with his first winner in the hands of Fergal Lynch.

Hennessy later reported: "I worked with trainer Tommy Stack for 13 years and have my restricted trainers' licence for the past three years.

"I've had a point-to-point winner before, but this is my first on the racecourse."

The Christy Donoghue-trained Morethanafeeling may have Galway on her agenda after claiming the first division of the 10-furlong handicap in the hands of 7lb apprentice Marc Monaghan.

Meanwhile, Strong Suit thrilled connections in a workout yesterday ahead of a likely clash with Frankel in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Richard Hannon's colt has yet to make his four-year-old debut after sidestepping the Lockinge Stakes on account of the testing conditions, but will soon make his racing comeback.

The Queen Anne would appear his most logical target, but David Redvers, racing manager for owners Qatar Racing, admits the team are in a quandary as to whether it is right to let Strong Suit return against Henry Cecil's wonder-horse.

He said: "Strong Suit worked extremely well.

"Both Richard Hughes and Richard Hannon were thrilled to bits and believe it is as good a piece of work as he's ever done.

"The Queen Anne is still the plan, but it's an interesting one.

"All common sense tells you we're going there to get a thumping, but, equally, as sportsmen we really need to have a go, and Sheikh Fahad (owner) is certainly a sportsman.

"We have to weigh up whether getting a thumping at Royal Ascot would be the right thing to do for Strong Suit's prospective stallion career."

Irish Independent

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