Rose blooms in Belgrave win
THE classy Rose Bonheur came fast and late to capture yesterday's Listed Belgrave Stakes at Fairyhouse.
The 11/4 favourite looked to have plenty to do a furlong from home when Katla held a handy lead, but Rose Bonheur found an extra gear for Declan McDonogh.
Lady O'Reilly's three-year-old filly only went on 50 yards from home, but her electric turn of foot proved decisive as she recorded victory by half a length. Rock Jock was third.
The drop to six furlongs proved key for Kevin Prendergast's charge, which had been far from disgraced in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. "She missed the kicked for some reason today, which was surprising," said McDonogh.
"She got bustled about a bit, but they went a nice pace up front and the splits came at the right time. I always knew she was getting there."
The trainer and the owner were completing a double having taken the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden with Bahama Spirit, ridden by 7lb-claiming apprentice Samantha Bell. Bell said: "She jumped from the stalls well and was always in command. That's my fourth winner and I'm getting plenty of rides from Mr Prendergast. I've been with him for two and a half years now."
Earlier, David Wachman's Gonebeyondthemoon captured the opening maiden in the hands of Wayne Lordan.
The jockey produced his mount to take it up from front-running favourite Eagle Canyon at the furlong pole and the filly kept on strongly for a two-length success from Diamond Daze.
In the sprint handicap, Jamesie justified the good early-morning support as Colm O'Donoghue produced his mount with a strong run to lead a furlong out and David Marnane's charge kept on strongly to score by a length from the fast-finishing Dotada.
David Marnane's charge had been available at 8/1 and was punted down to 3/1 favourite after opening up at 9/2 on track.
"He's a good little horse," said Marnane afterwards. "We'll probably go for the seven-furlong handicap at Galway on the Saturday."
Sabrina Harty's smart hurdler Kalann is another bound for Ballybrit after the four-year-old made a successful switch back to the level when claiming the concluding mile-and-a-half handicap ahead of Gypsie Queen.