Sunday 8 December 2019

Queen Anne gets off the mark with impressive turn of foot

Queen Anne built on some promising efforts as she opened her account in the Fillies Maiden at Listowel
Queen Anne built on some promising efforts as she opened her account in the Fillies Maiden at Listowel

Thomas Kelly

QUEEN ANNE built on some promising efforts as she opened her account in the Fillies Maiden at Listowel.

Willie McCreery's daughter of Ifraaj had shown plenty of ability in her three previous outings and gained a deserved success.

Wayne Lordan soon made his way to the front in Sheikh Mohammed's colours and led the field into the straight, before being asked some serious questions when joined by As Good As Gold a furlong from home.

The winner pulled out a bit more and forged three-quarters of a length ahead of that rival at the line, with a further length and a half back to Future Icon in third.

McCreery said: "I had her ready for the Curragh on Oaks weekend but she had a little muscle tear and missed it. It probably did her good as she strengthened up a bit.

"I thought with the draw that we had no chance but Wayne was positive without forcing her. If she settles she will be a lovely seven furlongs filly."

Cocoon and Ernest Shackleton shared the spoils in the featured Premier Nursery Handicap.

The former, which was sent off 4/1 for Aidan and Ana O'Brien, got first run as she took it up two furlongs out but never really got clear and Jessica Harrington's 7/2 chance began to really close gap in the 50 yards. He joined the leader right on the line and the judge couldn't split them, with B Cosmos half a length back in third.

Duchess Andorra (5/1) gained reward for a string of good efforts in defeat when winning the Listowel Track Fillies Maiden.

Second in five of her last seven starts, Joanna Morgan's filly stole a march on her rivals on the home turn to record a two-and-a-quarter-length verdict over Trighra, which did some good work in the closing stages.

Count Of Carabass had to dig deep to justify 7/2 favouritism in the Feale Handicap, getting up late to deny Fix It by a neck. The latter looked like he might have nicked it when hitting the front over a furlong out, but the winner stayed on well under Chris Hayes to prevail in a thrilling finish.

The National Hunt action got underway with the Listowel Mares Maiden Hurdle, and Solita (4/1) landed the two-mile event from Lenora.

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