Tuesday 28 March 2017

Moviesta takes centre stage in Dundalk sprint

The six-year-old counts former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp among his owners and looked destined for the top in the early part of his career.
The six-year-old counts former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp among his owners and looked destined for the top in the early part of his career.

Thomas Kelly

Former Glorious Goodwood winner Moviesta got his career back on track with an authoritative victory in the featured six-furlong Bar One Racing Mourne Handicap at Dundalk.

The six-year-old counts former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp among his owners and looked destined for the top in the early part of his career. But having won the King George Stakes at Goodwood in 2013, when trained by Bryan Smart, the American-bred gelding was sent to Eddie Lynam prior to the start of last season.

He made a decent start to his career here, winning the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh last August, but had been largely disappointing prior to his first start on the all-weather in almost four years.

Fitted with cheekpieces for the first time, Moviesta (9/1) showed the fire still burns with a comfortable one-length win over The Happy Prince in the hands of Billy Lee.

"He's some horse at home, and has plenty of ability," said Lynam.

"He's a proper horse when he's right, but it has been a year since he won a Group Two and it was another two years before that when he previously won a Group Two.

"I told the lads that if he didn't win they could sack me! I'd run out of tricks, and maybe the turning track and the cheekpieces did it. I'll advise the lads to send him to Dubai as I think he can do well there."

Aidan O'Brien and son Donnacha, second with The Happy Prince, went one better in the finale as the well-bred De Coronado (3/1) secured victory at the second time of asking in the maiden over a mile.

The three-year-old son of Street Cry, a full brother to the mighty Zenyatta, stepped up from a disappointing debut at the Curragh last month when he defeated Balcony by half a length. De Coronado looked green and hung left late on - he had to survive a stewards inquiry as he bumped the runner-up - but connections were pleased.

"He learned a lot from the first day," said Donnacha. "He was off the bridle all the way the last day, but travelled well into the race. He's going to be a nice horse."

The jockey's sister, Ana, guided Pat Murphy's 14/1 outsider Fairy Foxglove to a comprehensive victory from War Room in the one-mile apprentice handicap.

It was a Walsh family affair at Tramore, where Ruby rode Old Castletown (7/4 favourite) to a two-and- three-quarter length victory for his father Ted in the Heinz Pollmeier Memorial Handicap Chase, before sister Katie took the bumper on Peter Fahey's 7/2 favourite Frazel Express.

Young claimer Jack Kennedy continued his winning ways on Gordon Elliott's Tocoroco, which justified 8/13 favouritism in the mares novice chase.

Irish Independent

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