Monday 19 February 2018

Alluringly lands Gowran prize for Heffernan and O'Brien

Seamie Heffernan. Photo: Patrick McCann
Seamie Heffernan. Photo: Patrick McCann

Thomas Kelly

Alluringly lunged late to capture the spoils in the featured Hurry Harriet Stakes at Gowran Park last night.

The American-bred filly had finished a fine third in the Epsom Oaks before coming home sixth in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Irish Oaks at the Curragh on her three most recent starts.

Dropped to Listed class for her latest assignment, she was the 7/4 favourite in the hands of Seamie Heffernan and finished powerfully in the extended nine-furlong contest to get up and beat Dermot Weld's Making Light and Pat Smullen by a neck.

Elegant Pose, previously unbeaten after two starts for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane, was not disgraced in finishing third, just a length and a quarter away.

Afterwards, the winning jockey observed: "She was the classiest filly in the race. She was a bit disappointing on her last two runs, but I always felt I was going to get there today.

"We haven't seen the best of her. She ran well at Chester (second to Enable in Cheshire Oaks) and it looks like she's back to what we think she is."

Fresh from raising more valuable funds for cancer research at his and Davy Russell's charity hurling match in Newbridge on Tuesday night, Jim Bolger recorded a 63/1 double at his home track with the help of stable jockey Kevin Manning.

First up was the 7/1 success of Solar Wave which, running in the colours of his wife Jackie, showed plenty of stamina to land the nursery over seven furlongs, holding off evens favourite Outside Inside to prevail by a length and three parts.

The Coolcullen maestro's second winner came in the fillies' handicap as Manning made all the running on the Godolphin-owned Panstarr (7/1) to see off favourite Rickrack comfortably.

There was a battling success for the John McConnell-trained Kandahari (11/2) which finished with a flourish under Killian Leonard to land the apprentices' handicap over nine-and-a-half furlongs.

The daughter of Archipenko, which gained her only previous win at this venue, flew home up the centre of the track to edge out No Way Jack by a length, with 5/1 favourite Lomi's Law two lengths back in third.

Irish Independent

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