Tuesday 16 July 2019

Reliable veteran Flight Risk at the double as he digs deep to land feature for Bolger

Royal date: Ballydoyle’s filly Magical is among 11 declared for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot next Wednesday. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Royal date: Ballydoyle’s filly Magical is among 11 declared for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot next Wednesday. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Ever-reliable veteran Flight Risk rolled back the years for the second time in a week at Leopardstown where Jim Bolger's doughty warrior dug deep to land the featured Ballycorus Stakes for a second time.

Kevin Manning's mount had previously won this Group Three prize in 2017, and following his stylish victory in the Listed Glencairn Stakes seven days earlier he was sent off the well-supported 10/11 favourite.

Held up behind the leaders in fourth, the eight-year-old quickened up nicely to take the lead inside the final furlong and was not hard pressed to prevail by a length and a quarter from Inverleigh, which edged out Gordon Lord Byron by a nose to claim the runner-up spot.

There was a timely pick-me-up for trainer Sheila Lavery as her Galeola landed the Korea Racing Authority Handicap. Lavery lost her stable star Lady Kaya on Tuesday after an accident at home and this welcome change of fortune came as something of a surprise as the daughter of Rip Van Winkle belied her price of 20/1 on her handicap debut.

Stepping up in trip to 1m7f, the four-year-old bay was settled behind the leaders by Robbie Colgan who sent her through to lead a furlong and a half from home, keeping on well to prevail by a length and three-quarters from Malbas.

Meanwhile, classy Ballydoyle filly Magical is among 11 declared for the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

Having rounded off her 2018 campaign by pushing Enable all the way in the Breeders' Cup Turf, Magical is three from three this season - the Aidan O'Brien-trained inmate completing her hat-trick in last month's Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.

O'Brien also has Hunting Horn and Magic Wand in contention for a Group One contest he has claimed on three previous occasions - with Duke of Marmalade (2008), So You Think (2012) and Highland Reel (2017) .

The home team features the William Haggas-trained Sea Of Class, Michael Stoute's Crystal Ocean and last year's Derby hero Masar, trained by Charlie Appleby.

Sea Of Class won the Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks last summer before only narrowly failing to reel in Enable in a thrilling renewal of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

She is set to make her eagerly-anticipated reappearance next week, having been off the track since that fast-finishing effort in Paris.

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