Tuesday 25 October 2016

Moore the Master in sprint

Published 24/05/2015 | 16:21

Master Speaker and In Salutem (left) fight out the finish
Master Speaker and In Salutem (left) fight out the finish

Ryan Moore landed the second leg of a treble at the Curragh when the Martin Hassett-trained Master Speaker took the K Club Hotel, Spa & Ryder Cup Venue Handicap.

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The former Ballydoyle inmate had managed just one previous victory from 19 starts, but had been placed on nine occasions, filling the runner-up spot three times this season already.

Sent off at 11-2, the five-year-old kept out of trouble on the outside of the field and picked up well to get the better of In Salutem by half a length, giving Moore a brace following the success of Air Force Blue. He later won on Bantry Bay, too.

"It's the Moore factor! Sean Corby has been riding him all along and it's nothing against him, but we said we'd try something different," said Hassett.

"His first few runs this year were phenomenal, but we were disappointed with him the last day. In fairness, the handicapper has given us a chance, and hopefully he won't be too hard after that. We are thinking of the Rockingham, although that's over five. We'll see."

Kevin Prendergast and Chris Hayes combined to take the N Conlan & Sons BMW Handicap with 14-1 shot Majenta, who led home a bunch of late chargers and beat Golden Spear by a length.

The Tony Martin-trained Pyromaniac (13-2) edged out Awesome Star by a head in the Irish Tatler Celebrating 125 Years Handicap under Fran Berry.

Martin said: "He's a dual-purpose horse and he'll tip away. He got two miles well, and hopefully he'll step up in trip over hurdles. I thought that was a good performance."

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