Wednesday 13 December 2017

Demurely hits mark to seal treble for O'Brien

Thomas Kelly

THE Ballydoyle juggernaut took Limerick by storm last night as Aidan O'Brien struck for a short-priced treble.

O'Brien was quick off the mark as his Kingston Jamaica justified odds-on favouritism in the opening two-year-old race.

Having finished second on his debut over the course and distance last Saturday, Kingston Jamaica was expected to improve and he duly did as he went in front at the halfway stage in the hands of Seamie Heffernan.

The son of Galileo was ridden to assert a furlong-and-a-half from home, and stayed on well to score by two lengths from the David Wachman-trained Horizon Sky.

Winner number two came courtesy of Battle Of Saratoga, which took the mile maiden with Colm O'Donoghue in the saddle. The son of Dylan Thomas moved to the front early on, before staying on well to score by three and a half lengths from the Andy Oliver-trained Shamora.

Demurely made all the running to take the Croom House Stud EBF Fillies Maiden, sealing O'Brien's treble and a double for her rider O'Donoghue.

The chestnut daughter of Galileo asserted from two furlongs out before staying on well to score by two-and-a-quarter lengths from runner-up Faanan Aldaar.

The Ballydoyle supremo has three runners in the featured Listed Martin Molony Stakes, but none of them figured as the spoils went to Tannery, trained by Wachman and ridden by Wayne Lordan.

The 11/1 shot was notching her second Listed success of the season.

Fresh from his wins over the course last Saturday and at Sligo on Tuesday, Bubbly Bellini made it three in a row as he took the Ballyduane Stud Handicap for trainer Adrian McGuinness with Ian Brennan in the saddle.

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