Tally's solid oaks win
Milldean Tally entered the Irish Oaks as something of a no-hoper and was a 12/1 chance when causing a first round upset. However, there was no sense of shock when she maintained her unbeaten record in the classic with a powerful display in the €25,000 final at Shelbourne Park on Saturday.
Trained in Tullaroan by John O'Flynn Jnr for Tony O'Connell and Clive Francis, Milldean Tally went off the 9/4 second favourite with Cabra Millie the punters' choice on the night.
The two bitches battled it out, but Milldean made admirable use of her inside draw to claim a two and a half length victory in 28.75 on a slow track. It was four in a line to the bend where Millbank Lola was knocked over and Cabra Millie took a bump. Milldean duly shot ahead and led by two lengths into the back, which was reduced to a length entering the third.
From here, though, stamina took over and Milldean raced to a famous victory from Cabra Millie with the latter's kennel companion Rockburst Delta staying on for the third money.
There were two major surprises in the heats of the ECC Timber 550 with both Droopys Cain and Sparta Maestro running below form and failing to qualify. Confident Rankin and Razldazl Will won the heats in 29.90 and 30.22 respectively.
At Drumbo, the Northern Irish Derby was won by Captain Scolari which is trained in Athenry by Gerry Holian. He was led to the bend by Ruthless Man, but nipped through on the inside to lead on the second bend and he ran on strongly for a two length victory in 29.67.