Sunday 18 March 2018

O'Brien's classy Words begins new chapter in Munster Oaks

Aidan O'Brien's Words ran excellently at the Munster Oaks in Cork
Aidan O'Brien's Words ran excellently at the Munster Oaks in Cork

Thomas Kelly

Words looked a filly for the future as she overcame greenness and a 352-day absence to lift in the Munster Oaks at Cork.

Aidan O'Brien's daughter of Dansili looks ready to take up one of her lofty future entries on the evidence of her performance to defeat the much more experienced and older Carla Bianca.

Seamie Heffernan settled Words (5/2) last of four as Roheryn set the pace before Carla Bianca set sail for home two furlongs out. He countered the move by delivering Words to challenge and assert in the final half-furlong and beat the evens favourite, which was conceding 17lb, by three-parts of a length.

Heffernan said: "I rode her patiently and it was a likeable performance. I was confident she was always going to win from two down. We've always liked her but she was a bit delicate."

Paul Midgley's raider Line Of Reason pounced close home to claim the Midsummer Sprint Stakes.

Paul Mulrennan brought the five-year-old with a well-timed challenge on the outside to hit the front in the final half-furlong. Line Of Reason (4/1) shrugged off Ardhoomey to take the Listed prize by just over two lengths.

"He's a good horse and is in the Wokingham (at Royal Ascot)," said Midgley. "We'll see how he is when he gets off the lorry, and if he's bucking and kicking we'll confirm him."

Ballybacka Queen (10/1) got up close home under 7lb claimer Donnacha O'Brien to snatch the Cork Derby (handicap). The young son of trainer Aidan O'Brien brought Pat Fahy's four-year-old to gain a head verdict over Shadagann.

Danny Grant partnered his first winner since returning from a six-month ban after failing a drugs test when guiding the Pat Flynn-trained Art Scene (16/1) home to a five-and-a-half-length romp in the handicap over an extended mile.

Trainer Willie McCreery and jockey Billy Lee enjoyed a double in the first two races with Godolphin newcomer Shrill (9/1) taking the juvenile fillies maiden and Ostatnia (5/2 favourite) winning the five-furlong handicap.

Frank Berry nursed Gallope (3/1) to a neck verdict over Multicultural in the one-mile maiden for trainer Prunella Dobbs.

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