Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ward rewrites Leger script

Keith Hamer

Fame And Glory suffered a shock reverse behind 14/1 chance Fictional Account in the Irish Field St Leger Trial at The Curragh yesterday.

Aidan O'Brien's charge was having his first start since claiming the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, and all seemed to be going well as he travelled smoothly enough to take closer order in the straight.

But as Fictional Account took over from long-time leader Saddler's Rock, Fame And Glory, the 1/3 favourite, did not pick up as expected, and while he edged closer, he went down by a neck.

Winning trainer Vincent Ward said of the Fran Berry-ridden winner: "With my licence you can only train four horses, and they have put me on the map as a small trainer. This mare has won for me at Ascot and has been fantastic.

"I was a bit apprehensive when she took it up so early with Fame And Glory on her outside, I'd have preferred it the other way round, but you couldn't write the script the way it turned out. She only cost 11,500 at the sales in Goffs and we'll celebrate down the local pub tonight. We could go to Doncaster for the Leger meeting, it depends on the ground."

Also at The Curragh, An Ghalanta continued in a rich vein of form to land Listed honours in the Curragh Stakes. Kevin Manning's mount dug deep as Boris Grigoriev lunged in the shadow of the post, holding for a head success. Bible Black, the 3/1 joint-favourite, had traded blows up front with the 9/2 winner for a long way, but had to settle for third.

"She hasn't run too many bad races and she is improving," said Bolger. "Sprinting is her game. She might not run again this season as there isn't too many five-furlong races for her."

Despite unseating and running loose delaying the start, newcomer Cleofila still managed to score in the Loder EBF Fillies Race, completing a double for Bolger and Manning.

The winning daughter of Teofilo kept on well under pressure to get to the front close home scoring by a head at the finish from Coral Wave (4/1) back in second.

Dragon Pulse (7/1) gave Jessica Harrington back-to-back wins in the Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes when coming from last to first to take the Group Two prize in impressive fashion.

Entered at the supplementary stage to follow in the hoofprints of Pathfork, the Kyllachy colt was given a patient ride by Berry. He did not have to be hard-ridden to readily account for Parish Hall and Astrology.

Elsewhere, Moyenne Corniche justified local trainer Brian Ellison's confidence to land the Betfred Ebor at York.

Ellison was also responsible for the well-fancied Saptapadi, but it was his 25/1 stablemate that lifted the big handicap on the Knavesmire.

Tactician tried to make most for Michael Bell and Joseph O'Brien, but the challengers were queuing up three furlongs out as the field came down the centre of the track.

Mount Athos flattered to deceive, with Investissement looking the likely winner at one stage and Modun among others to put down a challenge.

Tactician stuck to his guns in admirable fashion to battle back, but 3lb claimer Dale Swift timed it to perfection on Moyenne Corniche to score by a length from the Bell runner.

Frankie Dettori and Opinion Poll got the better of a sustained duel with Duncan (4/1) to win the Group Two Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup.

The Godolphin horse came out on top by three-quarters of a length as the pair bumped three times inside the final furlong. A stewards' enquiry was called but the placings remained unaltered. Dettori completed a treble on the day after Parlour Games (9/1) and My Propeller (4/1) also scored.

At Sandown, a terrific front-running performance from Talwar and Jimmy Fortune saw them demolish three rivals by five lengths in the Group Three Sunshine Coach Solario Stakes.

And former Galway Hurdle winner Overturn produced an outstanding weight-carrying performance to lift the inaugural Scottish Hydro Summer Champion Hurdle at Perth.

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