Slipper Orchid digs deep to secure Fairyhouse victory
Slipper Orchid proved her second in Listed company was no fluke by going one better in the Lyrath Estate & Spa Summer Ladies Day 13th July Race at Fairyhouse.
Mick Halford's mare chased home Tested at Naas and was sent off at 5/2 for this less-demanding assignment. She was pressed by three of her four rivals in the closing stages, but stuck her neck out well and came home a neck to the good over Bubbly Bellini.
Halford said: "She is as game and consistent as they come and I felt a reproduction of her Naas run would leave her hard to beat.
"There was no pace and Shane (Foley) felt he had no choice but to sit in front.
"That is as quick as she would want it and she is entered in a couple of Group Three races at Leopardstown and we'll probably look at those."
Dermot Weld has another useful juvenile on his hands judging by the way newcomer Marsali took her rivals apart in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.
Allowed to go off at 12/1, the American-bred daughter of More Than Ready showed sparkling acceleration to put the race to bed approaching the furlong marker and Pat Smullen didn't have to get serious on her to beat Gussy Goose by three and a half lengths. The application of blinkers worked the oracle for Hi Emperor (13/2), which displayed a telling turn of foot to sweep past his opponents in the Like Fairyhouse On Facebook Handicap en route to a four-length verdict.
Photo Call was sent off the 1/4 favourite for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden for three-year-olds and got the job done as expected, disposing of Adroit by a length and a quarter.
Ger Lyons and Colin Keane maintained their excellent run of form when Captain Teemo (12/1) shed his maiden tag in the Book Your Hen Or Stag Party At Fairyhouse Handicap.
Meanwhile, Dewhurst winner War Command will spearhead a Ballydoyle trio in next Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The son of War Front landed the Coventry Stakes at the meeting 12 months ago, but was only ninth in the 2,000 Guineas on his sole appearance this season.
Michaelmas and Giovanni Boldini are also set to make the trip for trainer Aidan O'Brien, while Weld's Irish 2,000 Guineas third Mustajeeb and the Paul Deegan-trained Prince Of All could join the Irish challenge.