Monday 21 October 2019

Killourney shines in McCreery's Tipp treble

Trainer Willie McCreery. Photo: Barry Cregg / Sportsfile
Trainer Willie McCreery. Photo: Barry Cregg / Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Willie McCreery was the man to follow at Tipperary yesterday as the Curragh handler claimed a 159/1 hat-trick, the centrepiece of which was the success of Killourney in the nine-furlong handicap.

Billy Lee bounced the 3/1 shot out into a prominent position once the stalls opened chance up and the pair quickly took the initiative. Several challengers tried to throw down the gauntlet, but Lee kept his mount in control to record a two-and-a-half length victory over Balefire.

Just 30 minutes earlier Lee was in the plate for McCreery's second winner of the afternoon as he piloted 4/1 co-favourite Memyselfandmoi to a three-length triumph from Henry de Bromhead's Royal Highness in the seven-furlong maiden.

McCreery's hat-trick was initiated by Sweetest Taboo (7/1), which made all the running under Nathan Crosse to record a neck victory from De Bromhead's fast-finishing Wild Bob Cat in the five-furlong handicap.

Trainer Andy Slattery and young rider Ben Coen also combined to complete a quickfire double. After Coen had steered Kurpany (6/1) to a comfortable victory in the opening juvenile maiden, the pair landed the featured sprint handicap with Cityman (7/2), which powered three lengths clear of Bailly.

At Down Royal on Saturday, Shane Foley continued his rich vein of form by following up a double at Limerick on Friday with a treble, including both feature contests.

Victory for Foley on Dadoozdart in the £100,000 Ulster Derby feature saw him at his strongest as he drove the Noel Meade-trained inmate to a neck success from the Aidan O'Brien-trained King's Vow.

Foley's day to remember saw the jockey claim the Ulster Oaks on Camphor, supplying Jessica Harrington with a double.

At Ballinrobe this evening, the recent rain shouldn't bother Peter Fahey's Peregrine Run returning to the track he won the Mayo National on last month as he seeks a first success on the Flat.

Peregrine Run also won a conditions chase at Punchestown since then and connections are now probably trying to conserve his chase rating before his big target at the likes of Galway or Listowel in the coming weeks.

Feature event on the card is the €25,000 Tracy's Pharmacies Irish EBF Fillies Handicap where seven go to post and it might be worth taking a punt on the hat-trick seeking Monaco Rose.

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