Radharcnafarraige a sight to see at Leopardstown
Radharcnafarraige came with a well-timed challenge to claim top honours for a good cause in last night's Group Three Ballyogan Stakes at Leopardstown.
Jim Bolger's charge -- which is leased to TV presenter Grainne Seoige on behalf of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute -- was sent off a 14/1 shot in the hands of Kevin Manning, who opted to bide his time as Timeless Call set the pace in the six-furlong heat.
Although forced to race wide, Radharcnafarraige was still in a good position turning for home and Manning opted to unleash her on the outside.
She soon swamped the early leaders but just began to drift slightly across the track to the rail in the closing stages. That allowed Peahen to come with a powerful late run down the middle of the track and while she gave her all for Johnny Murtagh, she just failed by a head at the line.
The result made it a double for Bolger and Manning, who had prevailed with Zip Top in the previous Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, while carrying Sheikh Mohammed's colours, after fending off the challenge of the Aidan O'Brien-trained Tenth Star by half a length. "Zip Top is a smart horse and will go down the same route as any of the good two-year-olds," said Bolger. "Kevin said he could even go back to six furlongs."
The Sheikh completed a double of his own when his maroon and white colours were carried to victory by the John Oxx-trained His Excellency, which defied top weight in the Sharon Shannon Big Band Handicap under Murtagh.
Meanwhile, the Eddie Lynam-trained Words Of Wisdom landed the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap in the hands of 17-year-old Ray Dawson, while Dermot Weld was on the mark in the opening juvenile fillies maiden when Pat Smullen drove Yellow Rosebud to a length victory over Bolger's Rigoletta.