Saturday 17 February 2018

Berg Bahn the pride of Lyons with stylish finish

Thomas Kelly

OUTSIDER Berg Bahn finished with a flourish to record Group Three honours in last night's Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse.

Ger Lyons' filly hardly set the world alight in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot, but was an entirely different beast dropped back down to seven furlongs at a track where she won her maiden.

The brave Miss Gorica attempted to make all, and held the advantage deep inside the final furlong. But Berg Bahn maintained a smooth gallop on the dash to the line under Keagan Latham and zipped clear to score by a length and a quarter.

Velvet Flicker also came from arrears to demote Miss Gorica into third place, while Bryan Smart's Distinctive stayed on for fourth along the middle of the track.

There was a thrilling climax to the opening six-furlong maiden for juveniles in which Zabaleta (7/2) and Isis Song (5/2) dead-heated for first place. The former appeared to have the race in safe-keeping, but the Joe Murphy-trained Isis Song came with a late lunge to draw parity at the line. Zabaleta, making his racecourse debut, was similarly impressive for the Ken Condon operation.

The outcome of the Moulden Bridge Handicap was far more straightforward as All In Clover, ridden by Shane Foley, ran amok for the David Marnane team.

It was to prove a good night for Marnane and Foley as the duo teamed up later to win the Pubs Of Trim Handicap with Spirit Of Xaar. "That was great," enthused the trainer. "It's my first double. I've had doubles before but never at the same track."

Meanwhile, Irish eyes were smiling in Perth yesterday when the raiders -- spearheaded by the Meath trainer/jockey combination of Gordon Elliott and Paul Carberry -- landed all but one of the six races on the card.

A regular visitor to the track, Elliott took the opening John MacDonald Memorial Novice's Hurdle when 4/7 favourite Abbey Lane came home in front under Paul Carberry. Elliott and Carberry were back in the winner's enclosure when 7/2 favourite King Roonah justified good support in the novices' handicap chase. The in-form partnership completed a treble in the closing handicap hurdle when the 6/1 shot Wikaala landed a gamble thanks to a brilliant ride from Carberry.

Tony Martin was also on the mark for the Irish invaders when 15/2 shot Red Kingdom was left out in front in the novice chase as Treaty Flyer, which was five lengths up at the time, crashed out. Elliott's Grand Opera finished third.

Trainer Liam Lennon and jockey James O'Farrell produced a 25/1 shock when Niamh's Way ran out a length-and-a-half winner of the mares maiden hurdle.

Irish Independent

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