Friday 23 February 2018

Shotavodka toast of Tramore as O'Sullivan gets off mark

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Shotavodka had his principal market-rival removed in the early stages of the Tramore Centenary (Ladies) INH Flat Race when Fairy Court was forced out with a slipped saddle.

The 11/4 favourite took his opportunity in great style when slamming his rivals under Nina Carberry to give trainer Sinead O'Sullivan her first winner under rules with just her second runner.

The winner, a flashy chestnut son of Alderbrook, led over six furlongs out and it was apparent from over three furlongs to go that he wasn't going to be caught. The once-raced five-year-old, which was fourth at Limerick in May for Paul Moloney, kept up the gallop to beat Garden Valley by 19 lengths.

"He's a nice little horse that works well at home. He'll go for a winners' bumper if he's not sold in the meantime," O'Sullivan said. "I only got my licence in April and I've had a couple of point-to-point winners. I'm based in Clonakilty and I took over Thomas O'Leary's yard.

"I've 10 in, mainly pointers, though I have three for the track."

Aidan O'Brien, meanwhile, has booked Ryan Moore to ride the National Stakes winner Power in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow.

Nine horses have been declared for the Group One, including Jim Bolger's Futurity Stakes runner-up Parish Hall, with Power the 10/3 market leader.

Moore takes the reins on O'Brien's Reply in the Middle Park Stakes. Ballydoyle will also be represented by Crusade (Seamie Heffernan), with Michael Mulvaney set to saddle Tough As Nails, with Gary Carroll doing the steering.

In the Cesarewitch, David Wachman is responsible for the top-weight Mount Athos. Tony Martin has declared Buy Back Bob, while Dermot Weld relies on Rainforest Magic.

John Oxx plans to stump up £18,000 to supplement Doncaster Cup hero Saddler's Rock for the Group Three Long Distance Cup at Ascot tomorrow week.

Elsewhere, Tom Cooper's Forpadydeplasterer, absent since disappointing in last year's King George Chase at Christmas, is on course to return to action at Punchestown next Thursday.

Irish Independent

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