Restive makes experience count
Published 09/08/2015 | 19:48
Restive showed the benefit of experience when making every yard of the running to win the Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh.
The only one in the 12-runner field to have had two previous runs, the Rip Van Winkle colt was not unbacked as the 4-1 second-favourite.
Colin Keane took no chances on the Ger Lyons-trained Derby entry, and bounced into an early advantage.
It was clear with two furlongs to run that his pursuers were in trouble and despite late headway by Jim Bolger's newcomer Stellar Mass and more eyecatchingly, Kevin Prendergast's Mutadaffeq, Restive still had a length to spare at the line.
Shane Lyons, Ger's brother and assistant, said: "You can't beat a run. Colin said he was still a bit green, and he'll be a lovely horse for next year. He bounced off the ground."
Captain Cullen was a convincing winner of the Gabriel Curren Memorial Handicap.
Sent off a well-backed 5-1 joint-favourite, the six-year-old had gone nearly a full 12 months since his last success.
Ridden confidently by 7lb claimer Ian Queally, the Joseph Murray-trained gelding beat Tom Dooley by a length.
A blanket finish in the Tipperary Crystal Handicap saw Katimavik (8-1) get up by a short head from Cullentry Royal, while Dr Doro (4-1) blew away his rivals with a dominant three-and-a-half-length success over Know in the closing Jog For Jockeys 23rd August Nursery Handicap.