Outsider Seanie scoops big prize
David Marnane bagged a big prize at Fairyhouse yesterday when outsider Seanie swept to victory in the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes.
The Group One-placed Tough As Nails attempted to make most in the seven-furlong contest and looked at one stage as though he might do it. But his stamina gave way approaching the final furlong as Seanie, a once-raced 40/1 chance, rocketed past under Colm O'Donoghue.
Despite wandering momentarily on hitting the front, the Kodiac gelding had plenty in reserve to score by a length and a half from Absolute Crackers, with Azamata third and Three Am Tour fourth for Richard Hannon.
"I always thought he was going to make a fabulous three-year-old. He's got loads of scope, and is still very green and raw. There is a lot more improvement there," said Marnane.
Connections of Ronan's Bay have high hopes after she prevailed in the fillies maiden for juveniles. The daughter of Johannesburg is in the care of George Kent, a restricted licence holder based in Tramore who was saddling his first winner on the Flat as the 8/1 chance held on from 100/1 newcomer Susiescot by a nose.
Krivan made virtually all of the running to land the opening six-furlong maiden. Michael Halford's charge was always in command once bagging the rail in front and responded well to Shane Foley's urgings in the home straight to beat Fred Fenster by two and three-quarter lengths.
Halford and Foley were left disappointed in the Alternative All-Ireland Handicap as Solo Performer swooped late to deny their Sonapour. Foley swept to the front on Sonapour just after the home turn, but he was a little wayward in the straight and Solo Performer ran home to win by half a length under Chris Hayes.
Andy Oliver sent out his 17th winner of the campaign when Jazz Girl landed the mile-and-a-quarter conditions event. Gary Carroll sent the filly to the front two furlongs from home and she knuckled down well to hold fellow 8/1 chance Sadler's Mark by a length.
Homecoming Queen (7/1) walloped her rivals in the New Tote Sports Lounge Nursery Handicap for Aidan O'Brien and Seamie Heffernan, while the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap went to Seamus Fahey's Solaras Exhibition which gave Kevin Sexton (16) his first winner.
Elsewhere, Fox Hunt claimed top honours for Mark Johnston and Silvestre de Sousa in the Deutsches St Leger at Dortmund. The Ebor sixth responded to the title-chasing Brazilian's urgings, although he found Fair Boss a willing opponent on his inside.
De Sousa was not to be denied, however and was always just holding the upper hand, winning a little cosily in the end to lift Group Three honours.
On Saturday, last year's Racing Post Trophy winner Casamento returned to winning ways in the Group Two Prix du Prince d'Orange at Longchamp.
Given a confident ride by Derby-winning jockey Mickael Barzalona, the former Michael Halford-trained inmate challenged late and picked up smartly to win by a cosy length from Barocci.