Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Velocity set for Curragh after easy success

Thomas Kelly

Miss Velocity could make a quick reappearance at the Curragh tomorrow after a comfortable success in the Ballybin Handicap at Fairyhouse yesterday.

Kieran O'Neill always had the Andrew Oliver-trained filly at the head of affairs, holding off Mujaazef by just over a length.

"She seems to be improving and could now head to the Curragh," said Oliver. "She jumped and got into a nice rhythm."

Dermot Weld's Force Of Habit foiled a gamble on fellow 7/2 joint favourite Born To Excel to win the On Line Ticket Discount Handicap.

Joseph O'Brien had Born To Excel in the right position throughout, but Pat Smullen had enough up his sleeve to edge it by a neck.

"It was a positive ride from Pat. He put his head in front at the right time," Weld said.

Cat Fire (2/1) edged out Joe Eile in the EBF Auction Stakes. School Holidays is set for a rise in class after coming with a well-timed run under Wayne Lordan to land the seven-furlong maiden.

Billy Lee kept Full Title up to his work in the final furlong to run out a convincing winner of the Fairyhouseracecourse.ie Handicap.

Irish Independent

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