Wednesday 17 January 2018

Williams shows his class to smash Curragh rivals

Kevin Manning in the parade ring after riding Smash Williams to victory in the Round Tower Stakes
Kevin Manning in the parade ring after riding Smash Williams to victory in the Round Tower Stakes

Thomas Kelly

Smash Williams looks bound for bigger and better things after confirming the promise of his impressive debut with a comprehensive victory in the Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh.

Jim Bolger's juvenile made a big impression with a winning start over course and distance eight days previously and Kevin Manning appeared confident throughout on the 6/5 favourite.

Manning settled Smash Williams in fourth place before angling towards the far side of the track to throw down his challenge. Just for a moment he showed signs of his inexperience, but once gathered by Manning the market leader galloped on powerfully for a comfortable length and three-quarters victory from Rockaway Valley.

Bolger said: "That was just as good as last week. He's a quick horse and settled the issue very quickly."

Jessica Harrington's Bocca Baciata proved much too good for her rivals in the Dance Design (Fillies) Stakes.

Sent off the 11/4 favourite under Fran Berry, Bocca Baciata travelled well towards the stands side and once she was asked to quicken, the daughter of Big Bad Bob galloped clear to claim the Group Three prize by four lengths from Easter with Brooch back in third.

Having landed the Topaz Mile at Galway, David Wachman's Hint Of A Tint claimed her second major handicap of the summer with a comprehensive victory in the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire.

Fran Berry rode the 10/1 shot with plenty of confidence and the partnership cruised towards the front a furlong out.

Hint Of A Tint picked up well when asked for maximum effort and was well on top as she passed the post a length and three-quarters to the good over favourite Portage.

Beacon Rock got up on the line to reward favourite-backers in the opening juvenile maiden.

Joseph O'Brien was hard at work from halfway on the 5/4 favourite, while Precious Gold was proving hard to pass at the head of affairs.

However, Beacon Rock began to find his stride and denied Precious Gold by a short-head, with Stellar Mass and Afzal both not far behind.

The Ballydoyle handler swiftly completed a double in the Flame Of Tara Stakes with apparent second string Kind Of Magic which belied its 14/1 status under Seamie Heffernan to edge out stablemate How High The Moon which was sent off 7/4 favourite.

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