Sunday 8 December 2019

'Anton' shows pedigree to claim St Leger

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Ballymac Anton was the toast of Limerick on Saturday night as he claimed the final classic of the year, the Friends of Limerick Irish St Leger, in brilliant fashion.

Wolfe was the red-hot favourite from trap two but a bump from his kennel companion Murts Boher was to prove his undoing.

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In contrast, Liam Dowling's Ballymac Anton had a clear passage in the early yards and held a narrow lead into the corner.

Asserting on the turn, Ballymac Anton, who stays further than the 550yd trip, was never going to be denied once in front. Graham Holland's Lenson Austin gave chase but it was futile. Ballymac Anton powered his way to victory in the €30,000 to the winner decider, crossing the line three lengths clear of his nearest pursuer in 29.53.

It was a first classic victory for Ballymac Anton, who is expected to tog out again next weekend in the Michael Fortune Night of Stars at Shelbourne Park.

At Shelbourne, Newinn Taylor continued his rise up the ranks, starring in the second round of the Shelbourne Open Puppy 525. The future superstar brought his career tally to four wins from four starts, recording a trap to line success in a brilliant 28.12.

Next fastest was the Pat Buckley-trained Antigua Jet. He too displayed massive early dash to run his rivals ragged to the third, crossing the line in 28.24.

The remaining heat saw Kilara Icon charging to the front at the second before coming home clear in 28.69. Ian Fortune

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