Thursday 14 December 2017

Luxurious gives young O'Brien handy first success at Wexford

Luxurious was a noteworthy scorer at Wexford as the Aidan O'Brien-trained youngster took the first two-year-old maiden to be run at the track.

The daughter of Galileo beat stable companion Poinsettia, with the Ballydoyle maestro's son Joseph leading two out and stretching on comfortably for a three-and-a-half-length success as the well-backed 13/8 favourite.

It was O'Brien junior's first winner at Wexford, and stable representative Pat Keating said: "The filly is improving all the time and we're happy enough with her."

The O'Brien team doubled up when Quest For Gold (5/1) proved ultra-game in the ITBA (Southeast) Supporting Wexford Maiden under Sean Levey.

Jim Bolger's Myrine -- a 240,000gns yearling -- took the step up to two miles in her stride when turning in an impressive performance in the Gorey Race.

Sent off the 7/4 favourite to bounce back from a disappointing effort at Killarney last time, the four-year-old had the race sewn up from the turn for home and pulled right away to score by 10 lengths from Easy Mate.


The Buck (13/2) continued the great form of the John Murphy stable as he bridged a near three-year absence from the winner's enclosure in landing the Rocklands Service Station Handicap.

Murphy's son, George, remarked: "He is a real stayer and Sam (James) gave him a great ride. He ran very well in Killarney, but he just found a few too good."

James, who is attached to the Kevin Prendergast yard, notched his first double courtesy of the Tom Mullins-trained Cristal Island, which hit the front inside the final furlong of the Rosslare Handicap and kept on to beat Star Links by a length.

Mullins said of the 11/2 winner: "She had problems all last year and maybe she still has them, but she's won now anyway. The handicapper was kind to her as she came down in the ratings. Hopefully, she'll keep coming back to what she was."

Willie Mullins won the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap for the second year running as 4/1 favourite Phantasy Rock took top honours under Eddie Linehan.

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