Sunday 21 January 2018

O'Briens delighted with Maybe victory

Thomas Kelly

AIDAN O'Brien's classy filly Maybe secured a workmanlike victory in last night's Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown.

The impressive Royal Ascot winner was sent off the 2/7 favourite under the trainer's son Joseph.

She looked to be travelling well throughout and tried to assert herself in the straight of the seven-furlong heat. O'Brien had to keep the filly up to her work to hit the front, but she proved game as La Collina went with her and the Ballydoyle filly won by a neck.

The winning trainer was supervising his runners in France and said: "I didn't see it, but I'm delighted. It was good that she won. It was just experience, she'd only had two runs."

Jockey Joseph, who put up three pounds overweight, added: "She's very good. She wasn't doing a stroke -- they didn't go very quick in front and then they sprinted. It didn't suit her, but she still won easily."

Maybe remains the 7/1 favourite for next year's 1,000 Guineas.

The O'Brien team were claiming their second winner after Camelot had earlier opened his account in the juvenile maiden. A 525,000-guinea purchase at Tattersalls last October, the Montjeu colt was sent off 1/3 favourite to make a winning debut in this one-mile contest.

Camelot just sat at the rear of the five-runner field before cruising up a furlong out and cantering away for a two-length victory over All Approved.

Stan James make the colt 12/1 favourite for next year's Derby and the winning rider said: "He couldn't have done it much easier. He got a little bit tired so hopefully there's plenty of improvement."

Jim Bolger outdid his former protege by completing a treble. The Coolcullen handler first struck with Tobar Na Gaoise in the mile maiden -- the newcomer running out half a length winner in the hands of Kevin Manning.


The second leg of the treble came courtesy of Sunset Beauty, which sprinted away under Manning to easily win the seven furlong conditions race.

The third winner was even more impressive, as Ronan Whelan steered Do The Bosanova to an 11-length success in the apprentice handicap.

At Killarney the familiar green and gold colours of JP McManus were carried to victory by Alderwood in the day's feature, the Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle.

The Tom Mullins-trained gelding took up the lead on the run to the second last, and despite making a mistake at that flight, he ran on strongly under the guidance of Mark Walsh.

Van Wyck made the most of his opportunity, getting in as the second reserve, to land the two-mile handicap Hurdle for veteran trainer Francis Flood. In the hands of Brian O'Connell, the 6/1 co favourite led at the last before staying on well to beat Nurse Ryan by two lengths.

Eoin Doyle's Raggletagglegypsy sprung something of a surprise when capturing the John O'Connell Memorial Novice Hurdle under Shay Barry.

It was expected that Greenbelt Star and House Rules would fight out the finish, but the former was a big disappointment and Raggletagglegypsy overcame a mistake at the second last to score by two lengths from House Rules.

The opening maiden over a mile and three furlongs went the way of Peaks Of Fire for in-form trainer Ken Condon with Shane Foley aboard.

Willie Mullins scored his third winner at the Kerry track this week when Dorset Square justified favouritism in the two-mile handicap under Gary Carroll.

Henry de Bromhead sent out his third winner of the four-day festival in the concluding bumper as David Roche gave his newcomer Absolutelyfantastic a polished ride to land the spoils.

Irish Independent

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