Wednesday 23 August 2017

Take Tested route at Tipperary

Dermot Weld
Dermot Weld

Thomas Kelly

Tested is trusted to make amends for a heartbreaking defeat at Galway by landing the Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes for the second year running at Tipperary this evening.

Dermot Weld's consistent four-year-old looked all over a winner at the furlong pole in a Listed contest at Ballybrit, only to be overhauled close home by a storming late run from Laviniad.

The Willie Mullins-trained mare again renews rivalry, but Declan McDonogh's mount is five pounds worse off and also has to bounce back from a disappointing run at Gowran at fortnight ago.

A much bigger threat to the selection is likely to come from the progressive Ainippe, which has been on an upward spiral this summer - culminating in Group 3 victories in the Ballyogan Stakes at the Curragh and the Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse last month.

Against that, the Ger Lyons-trained three-year-old is duly penalised as a result of those wins and will also have to cope with softer terrain which is far from certain to suit her.

Calypso Beat, trained by Tipperary native Kevin Ryan, is the sole British-trained runner but doesn't look up to this class on paper, while Corail - which finished just behind Laviniad and Tested at Galway - is a likely candidate for each-way hunters.

However, Tested remains a decent betting proposition in conditions that should suit.

A good card also features the return of the Mick Halford-trained Tonkinese in the EBF Premier Nursery, which has attracted a field of just seven runners, despite having an attractive first prize of €26,000 up for grabs.

The Godolphin-owned colt was last seen finishing down the field at Royal Ascot but Halford's colt had previously looked useful when third to Air Force Blue on his debut and then winning at Leopardstown.

John Oxx's Corstorphine should attract plenty of support on the back of his Leopardstown success over a mile, but slight preference goes to Eddie Lynam's Whiskey Sour, which displayed a willing attitude when landing a decent heat at Galway.

National Hunt followers will focus their attention on the seven-race jumps card at Bellewstown, where Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh can land the opening mares' hurdle with Whiteout.

Irish Independent

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