Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 19 November 2017

Keane delight as Fox proves too clever at Fairyhouse

GER Keane's The Fox Tully kept favourite backers at Fairyhouse happy as he took the second division of the Ratoath Handicap in the hands of his son Conor last night.

The 3/1 favourite had finished second over the course and distance recently and had no problem in going one better.

The seven-year-old was ridden into fourth a furlong out and stayed on strongly to keep Waltzing Cat at bay by a length and a half.

Eddie Lynam's Boston Rocker landed an old-fashioned gamble as she took the opening auction maiden under Shane Foley. Having opened at 16/1 in the morning, she was backed from 9/1 to 5/1.

The daughter of Acclamation made all and kept on to score by half a length from Lightnin Hopkins. Foley failed to record a double aboard Banna Boirche in the seven-furlong conditions event as the pair were collared by Elusive Ridge and Pat Smullen.

David Marnane and Fergal Lynch combined to land the seven-furlong handicap with July Revolution, while John Hassett's veteran Lough Ferrib took the first division of the Ratoath Handicap in the hands of Leigh Roche.

Aidan O'Brien, meanwhile, is considering whether to take on Frankel with Excelebration or So You Think in Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Henry Cecil's brilliant colt seeks to take his unbeaten run to 11 in the Group One over the straight mile.

Excelebration was beaten by Frankel for the fourth time in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month, while So You Think recorded a facile win at the Curragh last time out.

Irish Independent

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