Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Keatley purple patch continues as Millefiori lands Ayr raid

Trainer Adrian Keatley. Photo: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile
Trainer Adrian Keatley. Photo: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Irish 1,000 Guineas-winning trainer Adrian Keatley continued his purple patch yesterday, but this time far from home as he travelled all the way to Ayr to send out Millefiori to land the day's one-mile handicap.

The four-year-old filly - easy winner at the track five days earlier - was continuing the fine form of the Curragh handler, who bagged his first Classic triumph Sunday's Guineas with Jet Settin.

Joe Fanning took Millefiori to the front two furlongs out after Riponian had set the pace and soon put daylight between her and her rivals.

Despite drifting over to the far side, the 1/2 favourite went on to score by 10 lengths from Drinks For Losers with Riponian third.

Millefiori is likely to bid for a quick hat-trick at Hamilton tomorrow, according to Keatley who said: "Hopefully she can win there and then the handicapper is going to put a lot of weight on her.

"We'll try to get another win into her and see what happens then - she stays over here."

The Curragh trainer's other runner on the card, Mo Henry, was sent off the 2/1 favourite for the five-furlong handicap but was only fifth behind Richard Guest's 25/1 outsider Captain Scooby.

Elsewhere, Aidan O'Brien has entered Waterloo Bridge and Washington DC in Saturday's Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock, while Jim Bolger's Smash Williams and the Tommy Stack-trained Diamond Fields complete the Irish team for the Group Two six-furlong sprint.

Hugo Palmer's Gifted Master heads the home defence.

Irish Independent

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