Saturday 22 September 2018

Keane bags first Group One win in Rome

Keane made the most of a blank day on the Flat at home with a lucrative trip to Italy for County Meath-based Martin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Keane made the most of a blank day on the Flat at home with a lucrative trip to Italy for County Meath-based Martin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Laganore gave trainer Tony Martin and jockey Colin Keane a first Group One success when landing the Premio Lydia Tesio at Capannelle in Rome.

Keane, involved in an epic battle with Pat Smullen in the race for the Irish jockeys' championship, made the most of a blank day on the Flat at home with a lucrative trip to Italy for Co Meath-based Martin, who is better known for his successes at the major Jump tracks.

The five-year-old Laganore took the mile-and-a-quarter feature for fillies and mares by two lengths from A Raving Beauty, and it was a further five lengths back to the Archie Watson-trained Absolute Blast in third place.

Court Artist surprised the odds-on Barra in the Casey Tarmacadam Mares Hurdle at Wexford.

Ridden by Ruby Walsh and sent off at 100/30, the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old made her effort on the outside entering the straight and went on to score by three lengths.

Walsh said: "It was a bit of a surprise I suppose. We did have a good fitness edge on Barra and maybe that's what told in the end. She is a handy little filly. She keeps surprising us and we will keep going forward with her."

Tesseract (11/2) came out on top in the feature Casey Precast Handicap Chase for Joseph O'Brien and Barry Geraghty in the JP McManus colours.

Geraghty said: "His jumping is sloppy. He is a horse that makes plenty of mistakes - he did in Galway the last day and again today. He did battle well, though, and jumped the last two well.

Calino D'Air continued his progress when completing a Galway double in the SANSERV Rated Novice Chase.

Henry de Bromhead's charge put in a fine round of jumping out in front and kept on well to see off the challenge of Don't Tell No One by two and three-quarter lengths.

Winning jockey JJ Sleven said: "I was delighted to get the ride. He is a nice horse for the future and jumps savage. He has won his point-to-point and is a good, gutsy horse who got a bit lonely up the hill. It is a big, old hill home and he was just looking around."

There was a tragic end to the Corrib Oil Maiden Hurdle as Lucky Pass (4/7f) sustained a fatal injury after passing the post in front.

Gordon Elliott's six-year-old made light of a 670-day absence to cruise home three and three-quarter lengths clear of Laverteen, only to collapse after suffering a shoulder injury soon after crossing the line.

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