Wednesday 13 December 2017

Fountain flows to Tipperary triumph

Aidan O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Fountain Of Youth appears to have a bright future after getting off the mark at the second time of asking in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Tipperary.

The Oasis Dream colt is out of dual 1000 Guineas heroine Attraction and wasn't troubled in justifying 1-10 favouritism, dismissing his rivals by four lengths and more.

Winning jockey Joseph O'Brien said: "He's still a bit green and hopefully he'll improve for racing. He handled the quick ground well."

Weather Watch made great strides from his debut to claim the Follow @TipperaryRaces On Twitter Median Auction Maiden. Sent off at 16-1 after finishing down the field at the Curragh late last month, the Jessie Harrington-trained gelding came with a wet sail to pip Gerdago and Feile Bride.

Favourite Hejaz was ahead of the winner at the Curragh but had to wait for a run at the top of the straight and didn't find as much as expected when a gap eventually appeared.

Abstraction (9-2 joint-favourite) looks a sprinter going places, judging by his commanding performance in the Follow Tipperary On Facebook Handicap. The drop in distance proved no problem to Sarah Dawson's three-year-old, who was fourth in a competitive six-furlong handicap at Naas on his return.

Seamie Heffernan had him to the fore from the off and when asked to go about his business in the final furlong and a half, the response was impressive as he showed a smart change of pace to beat Judies Child by two lengths.

Abstraction is based at Banbridge in the north, and Dawson said: "He was in the lorry for five hours and in that heat you don't know what way they will react. He'd never done a trip like that before. He did it well and we'll see how he is in the morning before we make plans."

Tiger At Heart arrived at the Tipperary Youth Raceday Handicap as a seven-race maiden, but Kevin Manning was very positive on Jim Bolger's 7-1 chance and he stormed four and a half lengths clear of Cebuano on the run to the line.

The Pride Of Tipperary Gathering 27th June Handicap Hurdle was the pick of the jumping action and went the way of Ted Dolly, while 9-1 shot Green Dragon took the Maiden Hurdle.

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