Thursday 26 April 2018

Andorra on form at Gowran

Duchess Andorra on her way to victory at Gowran
Duchess Andorra on her way to victory at Gowran

Duchess Andorra made a successful start for Johnny Murtagh in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap at Gowran.

The 13-2 chance provided former trainer Joanna Morgan with her final winner before retirement when striking gold on the snow and ice at St Moritz in February and looked just as effective back on the grass for her new handler, beating favourite Sparkle Factor by just over two lengths in the hands of Niall McCullagh.

The Jim Bolger-trained Aerialist (9-4) narrowly outpointed Ardhoomey in a thrilling climax to the Flat Breeze Up Sale At Gowran Park May 21st & 22nd 2015 Maiden under Kevin Manning.

Bolger's representative, Ger Flynn, said: " Kevin said he was very brave carrying that weight and it rode a good race.

"He's in the five-furlong Listed race at Naas on Monday (Woodlands Stakes), but we'll have to see how he comes out of this."

Dot Love's 6-1 favourite Not A Bad Oul Day made most of the running under a typically well-judged ride from Smullen in the Ladies Day June 20th At Gowran Park Handicap.

Love's assistant, Ciaran Murphy, said "He was very fizzy at Navan last week and that's taken the fizziness out of him. He was quite relaxed today.

"We tried to hold him up at Navan but it didn't work and it was great to get drawn one here and let him go.

"We think there is another handicap in him and we'll try to get him out again soon."

Hot Sauce (18-1) upset the odds in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Weld-trained newcomer Variable was the red-hot 1-2 favourite, but John Joseph Murphy's Hot Sauce, having her third run, ran easily her best race to date to beat the market leader by a length and a quarter.

Murphy said: "She's a nice filly and we always thought a lot of her. That's why we put her straight into a Listed race, but she had a horrible experience in the stalls the first day and it set her back a lot.

"She's a well-bred filly and her dam is a half-sister to the King's Stand winner Prohibit.

"That's what she wants - quick ground. We'll build her up as the year goes on, and hopefully she'll stay on the right track and stay sound."

Gerard Stack's Hilary (12-1) and apprentice jockey Daniel Redmond ran away with the Family Fun Day June 21st At Gowran Park Handicap.

The closing Golf Societies Welcome Race attracted just three runners but it was Weld's Zafilani (7-4) who proved best as he ran out a half-length winner to complete a double for Smullen.

Weld said: "It was an interesting race and a smashing race for just three runners. It just goes to show you don't need a big field to have a great race.

"He'll have a crack now at either a Group or Listed race. He won his maiden and now a conditions race and loves the dry ground."

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