Saturday 24 August 2019

'Bay' adds to Harrington's delight

Trainer Jessica Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Jessica Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Jessica Harrington and Colm O'Donoghue capped a memorable week with the victory of St Brelades Bay in the feature at Gowran Park.

The dual-purpose trainer saddled Alpha Centauri to a record-breaking success in the Coronation Stakes and also saw Torcedor put up a career-best effort in third in the Gold Cup.

While those riches were not on offer in the seven-furlong Handicap, it was still a nice prize to win and St Brelades Bay ground it out bravely.

Turbine emerged from the pack as the major challenger but he had to settle for runner-up spot, just like on his last outing at Limerick, going down by half a length.

"I never really know when he's going to do it and that's the first time he's won over seven furlongs," said Harrington.

"He's in great order this year and it suited him the way the race was run. They went real hard up in front, and once they come back he thinks it's great.

"He got nearly a length up and then I wasn't sure if he was going to get caught again.

"He loves top of the ground, and he didn't really fancy it going around Sligo the other day. He would nearly turn around and talk to you. He's also a lead-horse and is very good at that."

With his string having been under the weather of late, Kevin Prendergast was pleased to be back among the winners when Iron Blue won the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap.

Despite a big weight, Iron Blue (14/1) ran out an almost three-length winner from Phoenix Lightning.

Meanwhile, Change Of Velocity gave weight and a sound beating to his rivals in the Magners Ulster Derby at Down Royal to give trainer Jim Bolger a third successive victory in the €100,000 feature.

Kevin Manning cut a confident figure in the saddle throughout, settling the Godolphin-owned 7/2 shot on the heels of Remmy D and City Ballerina, before easing alongside that pair rounding the home turn.

Change Of Velocity soon kicked for home and, while 5/2 favourite Sheberghan followed him through, Bolger's charge was always doing enough to hold him at bay and passed the post three lengths to the good.

Manning said: "He's a lovely, big horse. We thought he was a smashing horse last year, but he was just a little bit weak and raw."

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