Monday 18 December 2017

Fahey's Queen reigns supreme

Peter Fahey. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / SPORTSFILE *EDI*
Peter Fahey. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / SPORTSFILE *EDI*

Thomas Kelly

Having disappointed on her chasing bow last Wednesday, Queen Alphabet bounced back on the Flat last night to claim the Vaughan Shoes Fillies Handicap at Ballinrobe.

Peter Fahey's mare failed to justify favouritism on her first crack at the bigger obstacles at Wexford, but she was still sent off the 3/1 favourite on a return to the level.

Pat Smullen was allowed a handy lead before going for home over two furlongs out and Queen Alphabet stayed on well to repel Little Stampy by a length and a half.

The in-form Joseph O'Brien was on the mark again as Motherland won like a 5/4 favourite should when seeing off Sea Of Mystery by seven lengths in the 13-furlong maiden under his brother Donnacha.

Jim Culloty saddled a rare Flat winner as Knockmaole Boy (4/1) took the Kate Appleby Apprentice Handicap in the hands of Robbie Downey. The winner kept enough in reserve to beat Aimhirgin Lass three-parts of a length.

Jockey Colm O'Donoghue combined with Jessica Harrington for a double, guiding English Pale (6/4) to victory in the opener before following up on Escape Paradise (10/1) an hour later.

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