Tuesday 16 January 2018

Orator goes one better to deliver victory

David Wachman
David Wachman

Thomas Kelly

David Wachman's three-year-old Orator ended a sequence of runner-up finishes with an emphatic success in the Mullinahone Maiden at Clonmel.

The son of Galileo out of Group One winner Airwave had showed enough ability in a run of four straight seconds to suggest a race like this was well within his compass, and he was soon in front in the hands of Connor King after being sent off the 3/10 favourite.

He had the opposition in trouble a quarter of a mile out and though Palace Of Winds gave chase, she was easily dismissed as Orator galloped on strongly to score victory by seven and a half lengths.

Flawless Filly has been kept busy of late and Paul Deegan's charge was another to lead all the way, destroying the opposition in the 'My Canine Companion' Handicap, the day's most valuable race.

Chris Hayes asked the 7/1 shot for her effort after turning in and she opened up to pass the post with five lengths to spare.

Another to lead all the way was John Murphy's bottom-weight Authorative (7/1), which was all out under Seamie Heffernan to hold off Street Party by a short head in the Tickincor Handicap.

It was a red-letter day for Katie O'Farrell, who rode her first winner when her father Seamus' Strain Of Fame (16/1) took the Giantsgrave Handicap Hurdle.

Irish Independent

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