Saturday 24 June 2017

Tested passes Tipperary exam to cap Weld treble

Smullen: 35/1 hat-trick
Smullen: 35/1 hat-trick

Thomas Kelly

Tested gained a well-deserved success at Tipperary last night when capturing the featured Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes for the second year running.

Dermot Weld's filly had her task aided by the withdrawal of the fancied Ainippe due to soft ground, but even she had lined up, it's doubtful that the outcome would have been any different. Always handy and travelling well behind pace-setting English raider Calypso Beat, Tested joined issue two out and Pat Smullen drove out the 11/8 favourite to beat Military Angel by a length and a half.

"I think she's definitely better on a level track and she didn't get the run of the race at Galway the last day," said Smullen. "Ground was my only concern, but she got through it well and a few of the others coming out made things a little easier."

Doubled

Weld and Smullen doubled up as Mulkeyya (4/1) proved too good in the following maiden. Not winning out of turn on her fourth start, the three-year-old was never far away from leader Title Page and she recorded a length-and-a-half success from Aunt Sally.

And it was a 35/1 treble for the Rosewell House team when Smullen drove Tandem to a half-length victory from favourite In My Pocket in the closing conditions race over nine furlongs.

It was a first run on the Flat for Tandem since he was last of seven in a Listed race at Cork in October 2013. Smullen said of the 2/1 winner: "He's a grand old horse, it worked out well for him. It got a bit tight, but he picked up well."

The valuable nursery on the card went the way of Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning as they combined for a smooth success with Taisce Naisiunta.

Tried in Listed company since winning on her first run, the Lawman filly was produced to perfection by Manning who did not have to get overly serious as the 8/1 shot got the better of Jefferson Davis by a length.

Willie McCreery's runners have been in good form all summer and the former Kildare midfielder struck in the opener as Radiantly stepped up on her debut to take the spoils.

McCreery's juvenile, owned by the Niarchos family, showed the benefit of her recent racecourse introduction at Leopardstown by winning in cosy fashion under Billy Lee.

Snowy Scene led turning in, but was headed a furlong out by Pacodali, which in turn was cut down in the last 50 yards by Radiantly which pulled half a length clear to belie her 12/1 price.

McCreery said: "She ran grand the first day, she was drawn 13 and flew home. She was a bit antsy in the stalls then and we put a sheet on her today.

"I had been waiting for her all year, but always thought she's be a better filly next year and was thinking about not running her this year.

Baby

"She's a grand filly, but is a big baby and is still learning. I'm not sure whether I'll run her again this year and she doesn't want fast ground at this stage."

Cork trainer Victor Clifford showed that he was no hostage to reputation as he sent out Malicious Intent to scupper the hopes of the President Michael D Higgins-owned Aimhirgin Lass in the nine-furlong handicap.

Capably handled by Killian Leonard, Clifford's lightly-weighted 8/1 shot hit the front just inside the final furlong and the 10lb claimer - who begins his Leaving Cert studies on Monday - got the son of Traditionally home by half a length for his first racecourse win.

Clifford explained: "Killian gave him a beautiful ride and followed my instructions to the letter. He likes that ground but we've had to be very patient."

Irish Independent

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