Rainbow shows true colours to land Heritage spoils
Published 17/04/2016 | 18:56
Denise Foster enjoyed a notable big-race success as Lily's Rainbow won the Listed Heritage Stakes over a mile at Navan.
On a day where those racing prominently fared particularly well, Billy Lee's mount soon led in company with Dragon Fei, and Flight Risk close behind in third.
The 16-1 chance held a clear advantage a furlong and a half out and stayed on strongly to score by three and a quarter lengths from Brendan Brackan.
Lee said: "That was brilliant, to be fair to Denise she said she was well, she has form on the ground and she stays well. There was no pace, so I was happy to let her bowl along in front and she enjoyed it.
"I knew she had a bit left in the tank and she galloped all the way to the line. You have to grind it out in that ground and she gets a mile and a quarter well."
Foster, who currently has five horses in training, was recording her first win at Listed level.
She said: "She's a completely different filly this year. She is so much more relaxed both at home and in the way she runs.
"I can't believe it, but the one thing she has is a huge heart and she kept finding more and more.
"I was really happy with her in the last few weeks, but I was just hoping she could finish third."
The prominently-ridden theme continued as Misty Millie powered away with the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden.
Another to hail from a small yard, this time Peter Cluskey, the once-raced daughter of Dylan Thomas took full advantage of the withdrawal of favourite Creme De La, who refused to go into the stalls.
Ryan Moore and the debutant Earring tried to make a race of it, but Colin Keane always had matters in hand and the 16-1 winner went further and further clear in the final furlong.
Cluskey said: "We thought it was a good maiden she ran in at Gowran last back end, and we thought with the ground drying out we'd take our chance and see what we have.
"I have four horses, it's great to have one like that and I think the owner is keen to hang on to her. I hope the handicapper is kind to me!"