Monday 20 October 2014

In-foal Indigo Lady pulls off shock for McCreery

Published 09/06/2014 | 02:30

Trainer Willie McCreery saw his four-year-old mare Indigo Lady take a shock win at the Curragh. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Trainer Willie McCreery saw his four-year-old mare Indigo Lady take a shock win at the Curragh. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Impending motherhood clearly suits Indigo Lady and she produced a 66/1 shock in the feature TRM Silver Stakes at The Curragh yesterday.

The complete outsider of the nine runners, Seamie Heffernan set out to make all on Willie McCreery's four-year-old mare, whose last run had seen her finish sixth in a Listed race at Gowran in April.

Increasing the pace turning into the straight, Heffernan tacked over to the stands side and his mount proved a most willing partner as she stuck on gamely to beat Castle Guest, which had also raced prominently, by a neck.

McCreery said: "Some of the credit must go to Camelot, as she is about 40 days in foal to him. She has blossomed and strengthened up. That's job done now."

Bertie Le Belge recorded an impressive debut success in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden, initiating a double for in-form trainer Ger Lyons.

In a field made up entirely of newcomers, Cape Clear Island looked set to justify 11/8 favouritism when picking up nicely two furlongs down.

He hit the front a furlong out but Colin Keane got a nice tune out of Bertie Le Belge (16/1) and he swept past the market leader on the outside to score by a length and a quarter.

Lyons doubled up as System Overload (11/10 favourite) stamped his class on the Nathan Carter At The Derby Festival Maiden in the hands of Gary Carroll.

The front-running Urban Moon (5/1) looked long odds-on to be swallowed up by favourite Kabjoy in the TRM Invest In Calphormin Handicap but stuck determinedly to his guns for Niall McCullagh, hanging on by a head.

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