Saturday 18 November 2017

Gelding operation proves the making of Spiorad Saoirse

Spiorad Saoirse (no 7) comes with his winning run
Spiorad Saoirse (no 7) comes with his winning run

Spiorad Saoirse got the better of a thrilling tussle with Quizical to land the Claregalwayhotel.ie (C & G) Irish EBF Maiden at Ballybrit.

Andy Slattery's youngster was only fifth on his Cork introduction in May but has been given time and showed the benefit.

Market principals Medal Of Honour and Impactful tracked the pacesetting Premier League but found disappointingly little when push came to shove, and Quizical went on at the top of the straight.

Declan McDonogh brought Spiorad Saoirse (14-1) with his run down the centre of the track, though, and he showed excellent resolution to get the better of the argument by a short head.

"He was a bit coltish in Cork so we decided to geld him and he's improved," said Slattery.

"It was the owners who wanted to come here really, I thought he wanted another two weeks.

"He worked well last Tuesday after working moderately in the Curragh the week before. That's obviously brought him on and there should be improvement to come.

"When he was a colt we were doubting his resolution but he showed it there.

"I thought we hadn't a strong team this year but that's a grand start. The pressure is off me now.

"He has a good pedigree as he was a cast-off from the Maktoums. He's a half-brother to a horse of Richard Fahey's called Another Touch.

"He's a good, tough, hardy horse and looks like he'll get further. I don't know how good he is yet, to be honest. I thought he'd need the run today and we'll look for a nursery now.

"He's still a bit green and you'd have to be happy with him. I wasn't sure about the ground either but he's handled everything."

Dinky Inty (12-1) has performed with credit in defeat this year and registered a deserved success in the Claytonhotelgalway.ie Handicap.

Twist Of Magic set sail for home and took a couple of lengths out of the field, but Gary Halpin went in pursuit on the Tim Doyle-trained Dinky Inty, who got up by a head.

"I thought this place would play to her strengths. She's real tough and the rain was a help too as she won two races at the back-end of last year on softish ground," said Doyle.

"She just grinds it out and is very honest. She's all heart.

"She's in here again on Friday night over a mile and if she's good she might come back again.

"The first day she won she was in claimer for €6,000 at Naas. She's never run a bad race and is nearly always in the money. It's great to get a winner here and it'll keep the owner happy!"

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