Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 25 February 2018

'Lion' roars for Fahey in Curragh feature

Fahey: “He was a good horse when Mick Halford had him but unfortunately for him he went wrong. We were lucky to pick him up and I’ve had no problems with him.
Fahey: “He was a good horse when Mick Halford had him but unfortunately for him he went wrong. We were lucky to pick him up and I’ve had no problems with him." Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Sea the Lion sprouted wings late to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Ragusa' Handicap in the opening session of Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival at the Curragh.

The Jarlath Fahey-trained six-year-old, which has few miles on the clock for one his age, showed what he is capable of when scoring at Navan on his previous appearance.

Up 8lb and in a stronger race, the 6/1 chance got a gap in the closing stages and sprinted through it to deny long-time leader Act Of Valour by half a length, with hot favourite Riven Light a nose further back in third.

Fahey said: "He was a good horse when Mick Halford had him but unfortunately for him he went wrong. We were lucky to pick him up and I've had no problems with him. He's a stayer and when he got the gap he picked up well."

Zeftan landed a gamble in the Hackett Apprentice Derby. Danny Sheehy drove the Adrian Keatley-trained 5/1 chance to the front halfway down the straight and he kept going to deny Slaney Street by a length and a half.

The regally-bred Happily broke through at the second attempt in the Westgrove Hotel Irish EBF Maiden.

Donnacha O'Brien kept the odds-on favourite wide and eased her to the front just inside the final furlong.

Enter The Red (9/1) gained a deserved victory in the JOE.ie Handicap to initiate a brace for Chris Hayes.

Casla (6/1) stayed on strongly under Hayes to break her duck in the Chapman's Mitsubishi Irish EBF Maiden.

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