Thursday 8 December 2016

Shanghai takes Testimonial Glory for Hills and Buick

Published 09/10/2016 | 15:46

Shanghai Glory (left) scores at the Curragh
Shanghai Glory (left) scores at the Curragh

Shanghai Glory benefited from a drop back to six furlongs to take the Listed honours in the Elmer Hannon Travel Waterford Testimonial Stakes at the Curragh.

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Beaten over seven furlongs in his last two starts, Charlie Hills' three-year-old showed he still has the toe for the shorter trip.

Shanghai Glory (14-1) had the race won after seeing off early leader Nameitwhatyoulike and G Force, the 100-30 favourite, to take a clear lead over a furlong out.

However, William Buick had to keep him up to his work to score by a length from the fast-finishing Master Speaker and Bebhinn, who was a head away in third.

Buick said: "He likes that ground. He was always travelling well and picked up good. He probably won a bit cosy in the end."

Calare (8-1) found a late burst in the final furlong after being switched to snatch victory in the Staffordstown Stud Stakes.

Charlie Appley's charge looked hemmed in on the far rail but James Doyle managed to move her out to deliver a winning challenge.

Calare did, however, appear to try to bite Queen Anne's Lace, the 11-8 favourite, as she went past.

Once ahead, the 8-1 shot kept on strongly to beat Bound by three-quarters of a length with Queen Anne's Lace third.

After a stewards' inquiry, the result of the Listed contest was allowed to stand.

Doyle said: "We're really pleased obviously. It got a bit tricky. We needed a little bit of luck which we didn't get, but when she got out she showed a nice turn of foot and quickened up well.

"She's all right and had the form in the race.

"She's a bit of a character. It (the biting) is usually not a bad sign and shows she has a bit of fire in her belly."

Laws Of Spin stayed on best of all to give Willie Mullins back-to-back victories in the Tote Irish Cesarewitch.

Mullins struck gold with Digeanta in 2015 and Laws Of Spin was the last runner to make the cut as he tried to extend the Closutton handler's winning run in the two-mile heat.

Produced with perfect timing by Chris Hayes, Laws Of Spin (7-1) came with a telling finish to see off the leader Swamp Fox before having enough in reserve to hold off Cradle Mountain.

The latter was flying at the death but Laws Of Spin had a length and a quarter in hand over Cradle Mountain, with Swamp Fox a further half-length back in third.

Mullins' son Patrick admitted the race had been on the radar for Laws Of Spin from an early point of the season.

He said: "That was the plan - it has been the plan all season and it was great to get him in off such a low weight.

"He's very tough. It looked like he got headed a furlong out but he pulled it out again.

"It was a perfect ride from Chris. We told him to keep it simple. He's riding very well so we left it to him to do the rest of the gameplan.

"He stays very well and might jump a hurdle, but today was the plan and we haven't thought beyond this. We'll talk to the owner now.

"It's fantastic to win such a good race.

Alveena got up in the shadow of the post to claim the Brown Panther Stakes.

Pat Smullen had the Dermot Weld-trained filly at the back of the field as Xebec set a decent pace from How High The Moon and Soul Searcher.

How High The Moon had every chance but was headed by Soul Searcher, who looked like winning until Alveena (11-4) pounced to grab the prize by half a length, with Hibiscus claiming second.

Irish Derby third Stellar Mass was sent off the evens favourite but never got into a challenging position.

Weld said: "She's a very brave mare and has been winning all year for us.

"She started by winning in handicap company and was Group Two placed.

"She came back here and got a brilliant ride to win the finale.

"That's her last run and it's job done now. She's a stakes winner and is Group Two-placed so I'm very pleased with the year."

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