Monday 14 October 2019

'Fairy' repeats Concorde feat on first start for Bolger

Trainer Jim Bolger
Trainer Jim Bolger

Thomas Kelly

Classy filly Yulong Gold Fairy took the Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes for the second year running at Tipperary yesterday.

The four-year-old was having his first start for Jim Bolger and victory, ironically, came at the main expense of Dermot Weld, who trained her to land this Group Three prize in 2018.

The Rosewell handler was responsible for Imaging this time, but the 7/4 favourite had no answer to Yulong Gold Fairy's turn of foot in the final furlong

Kevin Manning produced the 5/1 shot to make her bid in the centre of the course, and the daughter of Mount Nelson crossed the line three-parts of a length to the good.

"It went pretty straightforward from flag-fall - and it was my first time to ride her," said Manning. "It was her first time running for us and she was a very, very good filly before and loves that ground. She did it very well and seems to handle the ground well. She was very straightforward."

Davids Charm is to return to the Flat for the Irish Cesarewitch after showing his versatility with victory in the Grade Three Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle.

Petit Mouchoir and Ballyoisin set a scorching pace until the latter - Barry Geraghty's comeback ride after six months out injured - weakened quickly before the fourth last, and then Henry de Bromhead's grey also had no more to give into the straight.

Davids Charm (6/4 favourite) was soon in control under Phillip Enright, and John Joe Walsh's Milan gelding sauntered away to beat Plinth by 12 lengths.

"Phillip Enright gave him a great ride," said Walsh. "He said it was like a bit of work for him. They went hard up front, and Phillip was happy to sit off it and let him ease into the race.

"He had no hard race and provided he has come out of it okay, he will go for the Cesarewitch next Sunday. He's been some horse for us. Before today, he had about €230,000 won between everything and another almost 40 grand today."

Enright completed a double on Share The Honour (5/1) for trainer Tony Martin in the Fitzgerald's Woodlands Hotel Adare Handicap Hurdle.

Share The Honour's half-brother Sunchart (11/10 favourite) ran out a convincing winner of the Athassel House Stud Irish EBF Maiden for the uncle-and-nephew team of trainer Andy Slattery and jockey Ben Coen.

Runner-up on his only previous start, the son of Teofilo pulled away to score by four-and-three-quarter lengths from Sacramento.

"Ben said he improved from Listowel, and he'll improve again because he was green enough," said Slattery. "He was green enough in the parade ring today as well, and I think we'll give him another run in the (Group Three) Eyrefield Stakes (at Leopardstown)."

Appropriately, it was mares first and second in the Grade Three Like A Butterfly Novice Chase as Robin De Carlow and Put The Kettle On served up a fantastic finale. The former edged it for Willie and Danny Mullins.

Robin De Carlow (5/1) built up a real head but De Bromhead's Put The Kettle On wasn't going to go down without a fight and there was only half a length in it at the line.

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