Tuesday 24 October 2017

Wachman's final winner is bound for French home

Trainer David Wachman Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Trainer David Wachman Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Johnny Ward

She was not supposed to be the star on show but those looking to the future after yesterday's Leopardstown offering may chiefly recall maiden winner, White Satin Dancer.

The Oasis Dream filly trounced her rivals by nearly five lengths in the opener under Wayne Lordan, who said: "She needed her break and has filled out well."

Trainer David Wachman added: "I think she is my last runner in Ireland; I may run one in France next weekend. I've believed for a long time she's a Classics filly and she is now likely bound for Nicolas Clement in France. The horses weren't right really all year. We felt we were running her a bit early but we wanted to run her before the ground went wrong."

Given that Wachman was out of the country, it was a fittingly low-key last Irish winner for a trainer who always preferred that his horses did the talking.

Joe Murphy struck in the Listed Trigo Stakes with the Gary Carroll-ridden Flying Fairies, an easy winner over odds-on shot Zawraq, which stays in training next year with Dermot Weld after this fair comeback run.

Murphy said: "We thought the Weld horse was a serious horse. We rode her to get placed but Gary said when she picked it up and went on it was game over. She's in the sales; whether we keep her I don't know."

Weld did bring up a double, including in the feature Killavullan, which went the way of the filly, Making Light. "We've won over 90 races and I think we had 10 Group winners apart from the Derby wins.


"Spring, summer and autumn they've been running well and Pat Smullen has ridden brilliantly," Weld said.

Weld doubled up when newcomer Titus landed the mile maiden. "He will learn a lot from that and is a big horse who has not been away before. We'll come back for a Classic trial," the trainer said.

The charity race went the way of Labaik, which gave Qatari Sheikh Fahad al-Thani a huge kick in the saddle, leading into the straight and winning by over ten lengths.

Tony Martin ran horses in Group Ones in two different European countries yesterday. Quick Jack picked up prize-money when a staying-on sixth in the Prix Royal-Oak at Saint-Cloud in France. Laganore ran in Capanelle in Rome, finishing third in the Premio Lydia Tesio.

Elsewhere, Third Intention delivered the big-race victory he has deserved in the 188Bet Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree. The Colin Tizzard-trained nine-year-old has been placed on 16 occasions without winning and the 5/1 chance scored nicely under a patient Aidan Coleman steer.

Trainer James Nash teamed up with Paul Townend to take the £25,000 handicap hurdle with 25/1 chance Massini's Trap.

Aidan O'Brien, meanwhile, is entertaining the fascinating prospect of Arc winner Found running on dirt in the Breeders' Cup Classic. She will also get an entry in the Turf event, which she won last year.

Irish Independent

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