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Monday 20 January 2020

Weld's classy Edelmira steals spotlight in Cork

Dermot Weld's Edelmira put in an impressive display to take the EDF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Dermot Weld's Edelmira put in an impressive display to take the EDF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Dermot Weld's lightly-raced Edelmira produced an impressive display to capture the EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork.

Unraced as a two-year-old and a good winner of her maiden at Tipperary in April, the filly was only sixth to Venus De Milo – which won this race 12 months ago – when favourite for the Munster Oaks over course and distance last time out.

She showed that running to be all wrong as Pat Smullen produced her to swamp the field at the furlong pole, powering clear to beat Dark Crusader by three and a quarter lengths for Group Three honours, with Shell House in third.

Tarana was sent off the 9/4 favourite and got to the front at the halfway marker, but she faded into fourth near the finish.

Weld's son Kris said of the Aga Khan-owned 6/1 winner: "It was disappointing the last day when conditions were all against her, (soft) ground is the key to her.

"She quickened up nicely today and she'll run in a Group Two at Longchamp on Arc weekend for fillies and mares (Prix de Royallieu) – she'll more than likely get her ground there."

Smullen said: "I was adamant after the last day that she couldn't let herself down on the firm ground. I was very impressed with the way she picked up, and all these Aga Khan-type fillies seem to improve."

The Ger Lyons-trained Roheryn was a significant non-runner due to the rain-softened ground. Lyons had earlier seen Brendan Brackan justify short-priced favouritism in the Listed Platinum Stakes.

In a race depleted by four non-runners, the Group Three winner controlled matters from the front in the hands of Colin Keane.

The 4/9 market leader was briefly threatened by Witches Brew but, in the end, proved too strong.

In the five-furlong handicap, young apprentice Ana O'Brien guided Suburban Sky past Apache Gold by three lengths.

Irish Independent

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