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Blaze fires Berry to Tipp double

Jessica Harrington and Fran Berry got a timely boost ahead of their English 2,000 Guineas raid with Pathfork when they combined for a double at Tipperary last night.

The trainer-jockey partnership will have taken heart from the win of their Blaze Brightly in the conditions event as they bid for their first English Classic success.

Blaze Brightly ran out a three-lengths winner and Harrington subsequently indicated that she might go for a Listed race next.

The brace was completed by the victory of Crystal Morning, which held the challenge of Frozen Frontier by a length and three parts in the nine-furlong handicap.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Boris Grigoriev claimed the juvenile maiden. Ridden by O'Brien's son Joseph, the colt accounted for Pinkisthecolour by a length.

The winner carried unusual headgear in that he wore a 'nose-bag' to alleviate a pollen allergy. The Ballydoyle trainer sealed a double when Wonder Of Wonders took the closing fillies maiden under Seamus Heffernan.

Odds-on shot Rose Bonheur had luck on her side when losing her maiden tag in the five-furlong maiden. Rose Bonheur was gaining the upper hand over Balmont Mast (racing along the running-rail) but was helped when her main rival attempted to run out through the rail inside the final furlong.

Kevin Prendergast's filly, under Declan McDonogh, went on to win by three parts of a length over Marvada, while Balmont Mast, placed sixth, was disqualified for taking the wrong course.

Irish Independent