Friday 19 January 2018

Bolger finds consolation in Carraiglawn

Thomas Kelly

Jim Bolger picked up a consolation prize after the defeat of Akdarena in the Epsom Oaks when Carraiglawn took the feature Silver Stakes at the Curragh last night.

The half-brother to Soldier Of Fortune won a maiden at Navan only last weekend, but found the step up to Listed class well within his powers and is Irish Derby-bound.

Kevin Manning, who made the dash back from Epsom, sent the 7/2 chance into the lead a furlong out and he picked up well to hold Choose Me by a length, with disappointing evens favourite Address Unknown well beaten.

There was plenty of support for Kevin Prendergast's juvenile Seeharn on her debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden and it proved entirely justified. Declan McDonogh had the 15/8 favourite travelling sweetly just behind the leaders and she joined issue two furlongs out before beating off the challenge of Ballydoyle youngster Wild Wind by a length.

Pat Smullen had to be patient before thrusting Arcadian Dream (7/2) through a gap to take the Evening Herald Maiden. Edward Lynam's gelding, who showed promise when third in his only race last summer, was one of a host of runners in with a chance at the furlong pole but once he found daylight he soon asserted to score by a length-and-a-quarter.

The Tom McCourt-trained Dawn Eclipse (14/1) led home the 27-runner cavalry charge for the Evening Herald/ Tuesday's GAA Supplement Handicap on her seasonal debut. She was under pressure entering the final furlong, where there were plenty in with a chance, but was driven into the lead close home by Ben Curtis and won by half-a-length.

Aidan O'Brien pulled Bright Horizon (5/2 favourite) out of the Investec Derby on Thursday and rerouted him to the Curragh, where he was produced late on by 10lb claimer John Reid to win the Evening Herald/The Dubliner On Thursday Handicap by three-quarters of a length.

At Tramore, meanwhile, Dusty Trail from the Eoin Doyle stable justified favouritism when taking the opening maiden hurdle. Shay Barry produced the 11/8 favourite to lead after the second last and kept on well to hold off Mr Dazza and Barry Geraghty by a length.

"It's the horse's first run over hurdles this year and Shay said he stayed on well but idled a bit in front," said winning trainer Doyle said afterwards.

"He loves the fast ground and we'll see what the handicapper does with him now; he'll probably mix it on the flat and over hurdles for the summer."

Doyle and Barry completed a double when King High won the novice chase in good style. Barry produced the 11/4 favourite to lead three fences from home and the pair soon forged clear for a seven-length win over Carutomark.

"He's a lovely horse, he came from Jonjo O'Neills. He needs good ground so we'll keep him in novice chases and the long-term aim will be Galway," explained Doyle.

The Dunhill Handicap Hurdle saw a convincing winner in the Seamus Fahey-trained Annees D'or after she ran out a nine-length under Tommy Treacy. Treacy took up the lead travelling well between the last two flights and the pair forged clear after the last to record a cosy victory.

"She had a very good run around here before, so we'll probably find something similar for her, a low-grade hurdle," said a delighted Fahey.

The Sabrina Harty-trained Rock County (5/2 favourite) followed up on his win at the Waterford venue in April when landing the Cullencastle Handicap Hurdle under Davy Russell.

Irish Independent

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