Friday 19 January 2018

Song Times it just right as Deegan's losing run finally ends

Thomas Kelly

Paul Deegan ended a long losing run in emphatic fashion when the Curragh handler saddled Song Of Time to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden at Naas last night.

The 15/8 favourite was smartly away and travelled strongly for Willie Supple, and the writing was on the wall for her rivals a long way out. The Kheleyf filly was never asked a question as she recorded a nine-length success over Bob Younger.

"She probably hasn't beaten a whole lot this evening, but she's a tough and genuine filly with plenty of boot," said the winning trainer.

Edward Lynam's Tweedy provided a similarly impressive success in the Go Racing In Kildare Maiden.

The 9/4 chance benefited from her first outing at Fairyhouse a week ago as she bounced out of the stalls and was never headed.

Wayne Lordan gave the half-sister to Duff a shake of the reins over a furlong out and she shot clear, before going on to beat The Mighty Atom by four and a half lengths.

"She did it well. We'll stick her in handicap and teach her some more and get her going," said Lynam.

Ger Lyons' Solent Ridge defied top weight to land the Fishery Lane Handicap under Keagan Latham. Ridden into the lead inside the final two furlongs, the 5/1 joint-favourite came nicely clear in the closing stages to defeat The Hamptons by three and a half lengths.

Michael Halford's Desert Romance pulled out all the stops to run out a gutsy winner of the Kill Handicap.

Gary Carroll looked to be sitting pretty as the 13/2 chance took up the running on the turn for home, but Kalacan moved ominously into contention and looked set to pounce in the final furlong.

However, Desert Romance kept finding more and he just held on to land the spoils by a short-head.

"He battled really well and he loves the fast ground," said Halford. "He is improving with all his racing and getting stronger all of the time."

First-time blinkers did the job well for Cheval Rouge (20/1), who came from out of the clouds under Daryl Byrne to run out a two and a half-length winner over School Holidays in the Handicap.

Irish Independent

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