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Red-hot Harrington calls tune with 'Voice'


One Voice ridden by Shane Foley. Photo: PA Wire

One Voice ridden by Shane Foley. Photo: PA Wire


One Voice ridden by Shane Foley. Photo: PA Wire

It was a spectacular weekend for Jessica Harrington as the Moone handler scored victories at Royal Ascot, Naas and Leopardstown to confirm her stable's rude health.

Victory for Alpine Star (9/2) under Frankie Dettori in the Coronation Stakes at Ascot on Saturday was undoubtedly the 73-year-old's highlight but One Voice (16/5) also called the tune at Naas yesterday.

After combining with Shane Foley once more to capture Saturday's opening maiden at Naas with Sussex Garden (4/1) and doing likewise with the front-running Oodnadatta (5/1) at Leopardstown, the red-hot pair continued their blistering form with One Voice (above) showing plenty class to swoop late and take the Group Three Blue Wind Stakes.

Foley missed out on the cross-channel success at Ascot due to the 14-day quarantine rule, but the Kilkenny pilot more than made up for it on the Poet's Voice filly to join Seamie Heffernan on 16 winners at the top in the race to be Irish champion flat jockey.

Harrington's daughter, and assistant trainer, Kate said: "She deserved that after getting touched off by Silence Please the last day. She's a lovely filly. She's in the Kilboy Stakes (at the Curragh on July 19) and I'd say that will be her next target.

"He was meant to make the running and as Shane said, it was plan Z. It worked out, maybe that's the way to ride her and we were doing it wrong. She's a lovely progressive filly and will keep stepping forward."

Denis Hogan may not have had the Royal Ascot winner he craved but Sceptical (2/1 favourite) was a credit to the Tipperary trainer/jockey when coming home a close third under Dettori in the Diamond Jubilee.

Hogan banged in another winner at Leopardstown with Turbine (14/1) scoring in a handicap under crack apprentice Joey Sheridan while his other top sprinter, Make A Challenge (11/4 favourite), excelled with victory in the Listed Sole Power Sprint at Naas under Joe Doyle.

"He'll possibly go to the Greenlands Stakes over six furlongs next weekend but there's also plenty of options for him later on in the season," Hogan said of Make A Challenge.

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