Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Look Busy gets off mark for Prendergast at Cork

Thomas Kelly

THE former Alan Berry-trained Look Busy recorded her second Irish win -- and her first for new trainer Patrick Prendergast -- when winning the conditions sprint at Cork last night.

The daughter of Danetime was an 11- times winner prior to joining Prendergast last November and, having been backed from 28/1 into 20/1, recorded a two lengths win over Bay Knight.

Look Busy was bought by her current owner Dermot Farrington for £48,000 at Tattersalls in Newmarket last November, having numbered the Group Three Flying Five Stakes at The Curragh in 2008 among her wins.

Ronan Keating and his wife Yvonne were out of luck when their Great Huzzar could only manage sixth to winner Kevin Prendergast's Estithmaar in the Cork Racecourse Maiden.

The Keatings are members of the Bucket List Syndicate, owners of Great Huzzar.

Estithmaar (9/10f) needed a slice of luck to score for Declan McDonogh, eventually extricating himself from a 'pocket' on the inner rail up the straight to get his head in front close home.

Curragh trainer Bill Farrell's Amour Fou landed a sizeable on-course gamble to take a dramatic Mallow Town Summer BBQ Handicap.

The Munster Maori appeared to be travelling well, but his rider, Johnny Killahena, was clearly in difficulty with a slipped saddle.

The gelding eventually unseated Killahena 100 yards from the finish, by which time Amour Fou, under Padraig Beggym, had gone clear for her win.

Backed from 33/1 into 12/1, Amour Four is likely to head next to the Curragh Guineas meeting, according to Farrell.

At Dundalk, meanwhile, Lady Fashion made it two from two when claiming the conditions contest for Paul Deegan. The daughter of Oasis Dream travelled well to take it from Peahen.

"She's come on from her first run and it was a nice race today -- they went a nice gallop," said Deegan. "She's done it well and the time seems OK. I'm not sure where she'll go, but I'm looking at a Listed race at Naas. I'm in no rush with her. She's an improving filly."

Ger Lyons -- who won the opener at Cork with the Johnny Murtagh-ridden Greek Canyon -- landed an across-the-card double when Muckle Bahoochie ran out a convincing winner of the two-year-old maiden on the all-weather.

It was a welcome winner for Keagan Latham, as it was the South African's first of the season. He gave the Moss Vale filly a positive ride, keeping on gamely to record a length success.

The 8/13 favourite Danziger had looked a big threat early in the straight, but faded inside the final furlong and Rockview Diamond eventually came through to take the runner-up spot.

Irish Independent

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