Real Appeal showed a smart turn of foot to deny Yorkshire raider Lord Of The Lodge an all-the-way win in yesterday’s Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown.
Karl Burke’s Lord Of The Lodge looked set to make his journey worthwhile when he grabbed an early lead under Gavin Ryan and led his rivals a merry dance.
Ryan looked to have judged it perfectly as he kicked clear with over a furlong to run, but Shane Foley knew what he had underneath him.
Real Appeal, a close third in a valuable handicap at Cork recently, came with a sweeping run down the outside to collar Lord Of The Lodge close home.
The disappointment of the race was Kevin Prendergast’s Monaasib, which was third behind Poetic Flare in a Guineas Trial earlier in the season, but never threatened to get involved. Real Appeal won by half a length, with over two lengths back to Pearls Galore in third.
“He really loves Leopardstown,” said his trainer Jessica Harrington. “I’d say his handicapping days are probably over now.
"He likes good ground, Leopardstown, and we’ll see where we go now with him. He has stepped forward very well this year, he’s a different horse, and I’m delighted with him. Seven (furlongs) is what he needs, I’m not sure he gets much further. Even still he got there a bit soon and was pulling himself up a little bit in front.
“This was the plan and I’ll have to go and look at the programme book now. He’ll come back here on Champions Weekend for the seven-furlong race.”
Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien’s dual English Classic heroine Love is among eight confirmations for Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. The filly has not been seen since winning the Yorkshire Oaks in August, having previously dominated her own age group.