Holland's a hero with laurels title
For the second year running and the fourth time in all, trainer Graham Holland won the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park on Saturday, when Clonbrien Hero gave a tremendous exhibition of pace and tracking sense to claim the €30,000 prize for Limerick owners Jim and Kay Murphy.
This was also the second year in a row for Holland to do the BIF Produce Stakes and Irish Laurels double.
Clonbrien was a market drifter out to 5/2, but the favourite Kilgraney Denver was a little tardy from the traps, though he moved up to challenge Chawke It Down to the bend.
Here Chawke It Down ran a little wide and the third-placed Clonbrien Hero shot through the gap to show in front out of the second bend.
That was the winning move as Clonbrien Hero then raced on to win by three lengths from Away Jet in 28.00, with Chawke It Down half a length third.
Meanwhile, the Champion 550 at Shelbourne was won by the 5/4 favourite Native Chimes by four lengths from Hovex Mick in 29.61. Vahsel Bay was third.
Native Chimes is trained by Kerry-based Johnny O'Sullivan for Pat Norton and John Kelleher and the trainer says he will now go straight for the BoyleSports Irish Derby. That will also be the next stop for Clonbrien Hero.