Thursday 19 September 2019

O'Keeffe catches the eye as 'Phil' claims Listowel feature spoils for Elliott

Young Wexford conditional rider Sean O’Keeffe continues to impress and shone aboard A Toi Phil in the featured Southampton Goodwill Plate Chase at Listowel. Stock image
Young Wexford conditional rider Sean O’Keeffe continues to impress and shone aboard A Toi Phil in the featured Southampton Goodwill Plate Chase at Listowel. Stock image
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Young Wexford conditional rider Sean O'Keeffe continues to impress and shone aboard A Toi Phil in the featured Southampton Goodwill Plate Chase at Listowel.

On his first ride for Gordon Elliott, O'Keeffe displayed plenty of confidence on the gelding that finished tenth in Wednesday's Kerry National.

The 5/2 second favourite took over the lead from Monbeg River approaching the third last and was always holding 2/1 favourite The West's Awake up the straight to win by a length-and-a-half.

The West's Awake didn't jump or travel as his supporters and connections would have hoped and it was down to jockey Robbie Power's persistence that he got as close as he did.

Across the Irish Sea, top stayer Stradivarius secured his 10th successive victory with a dominant display in the Doncaster Cup.

John Gosden's five-year-old has completely dominated the staying division over the past couple of seasons - scooping the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers' Million in both 2018 and 2019.

After his latest triumph at York, connections suggested his next port of call would be next month's Long Distance Cup at Ascot - which he also won last season - but a change of heart saw Gosden bring his charge to Town Moor.

With old foe Dee Ex Bee a late withdrawal, Stradivarius was the 1/9 favourite in the hands of regular partner Frankie Dettori and his fans had few concerns for the duration of the two-and-a-quarter-mile contest.

After initially being left in front, Andrew Balding's Cleonte was sent on by Oisin Murphy in an attempt to inject some pace in the race, and he was still going great guns rounding the turn for home. However, once popped the question by Dettori, Stradivarius swiftly reeled in the leader and kicked clear for a comfortable one-and-three-quarter-length victory.

Boxed

Cleonte boxed on admirably to fill the runner-up spot, with the Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite coming in third.

Dettori went on to complete a quick double with victory aboard A'Ali in the Flying Childers Stakes.

Simon Crisford's juvenile landed the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot but could finish only fifth when stepped up to six furlongs for the Prix Morny at Deauville.

With Frankie Dettori in the saddle, the 6/4 chance was soon tracking the pacesetting Irish raider Wheels On Fire before quickening smartly to score by a length from Dream Shot which finished fast to claim the runner-up spot.

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