Sunday 19 November 2017

'Brick' blows Blenheim rivals away

Trainer Jessica Harrington. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Trainer Jessica Harrington. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Thomas Kelly

The ultra-consistent Brick By Brick got back on the winning trail for Jessica Harrington in the Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse yesterday.

Jessica Harrington's charge had only won one of his previous six starts, but has been second three times and has never finished out of the first four.

Stepped up to Listed class for the first time in his career, the son of Big Bad Bob was a 5/1 shot in the hands of Shane Foley and, after travelling powerfully for much of the six-furlong contest, he picked up well in the testing conditions to prevail by two and three-quarter lengths.

The Ger Lyons-trained Gobi Desert was 8/11 favourite to follow up his debut success at the Curragh and while he came up short, he was not disgraced in finishing second.

"He ran in a nursery last time and we thought he had a lot of weight so we held on to him. I don't think he liked that. Today he just let him flow and he loved it," said Harrington.

The Moone, Co Kildare handler and Foley went on to complete a 20/1 double when Nearly Famous (5/2f) took the ten-furlong claimer.

Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning also recorded a brace, which was initiated by the success of Solar Wave (6/1) which held off Daliyah by a head in the nursery.

The Coolcullen team's second winner came courtesy of Focus On Heaven (4/1) which proved too strong for favourite Invincible Ryker in the six-furlong maiden for three-year-olds.

Irish Independent

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