Aidan O’Brien’s El Salvador found plenty in the closing stages to justify favouritism in the SeanieMac.com Race at Killarney last night.
The durable son of Galileo got a fine drive from Aidan’s daughter, Ana, who continues to improve and impress.
The five-year-old moved smoothly through the contest, but Ana then had to get deadly serious with him from the two furlong pole.
She had a willing partner, however, and El Salvador battled on powerfully to hold Fire Fighter and Gambling Girl by three parts of a length and a neck.
Commented Aidan: “He’s a grand horse, he seems to be best when busy and will be kept busy.”
O’Brien’s Blackstone, who had been proving rather frustrating, got his act together in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden, this time with his son, Joseph, in the plate.
The Fastnet Rock colt travelled generously enough throughout and went to the front approaching the furlong pole.
Elusive Laurence tried to close down the winner, but was always being held and was half a length adrift at the line.
Said O’Brien: “In fairness to the horse, he jumped three ‘water’ jumps at Fairyhouse the last day!” The double brought the Ballydoyle handler’s total for the season to 51.
Charles Byrnes’ grand veteran Mahrajaan produced a fine effort for Philip Enright to win the Bourn Vincent Memorial Handicap Chase.
Mahrajaan forged ahead between the final two fences, after recovering from a blunder at the fourth last, to beat front running Nearly Nama’d, who got in tight to two out.
Said Byrnes: “He has a lot of it done, but seems to be staying that bit better now. For an 11-year-old to win a big pot like that is fantastic.”
Stay de Night, who won a moderate race on his debut at Limerick, stepped well up on that performance to beat some useful rivals in the Dermot O’Leary Memorial Rated Race.
Giving Dermot Weld his 55th success of the campaign — he leads the Messi jersey
way numerically — the son of Shamardal eased into the lead nearing the furlong pole for Real Madrid jersey 2015 sale
Pat Smullen to beat Strait Of Zanzibar by a comfortable two lengths.
Reported Smullen: “I am happy with that, these messi jersey 2015
were ideal conditions, not too quick.”
John Oxx’s Rayna completed a hat trick when defying top weight to land the Ross Gold Course Handicap.
Her previous win came at Leopardstown, when partnered by Gary Halpin, having his first ride for Oxx.
Oxx decided to maintain the partnership and that was a wise decision, with Halpin’s 7lbs claim so important.
Halpin kicked the daughter of Selkirk into the lead with less than two furlongs to go and she kept finding to hold the late rush of Unchartered Waters by a neck.
Andrew Lynch, stood down after riding Loosen My Load in the previous race - he didn’t take a fall - missed a winning ride aboard Fort George in the MC Group Handicap Chase. Lynch, however, did suffer a tumble on Monday night and will have his left hand X-rayed this morning.
Trained by Henry de Bromhead, Fort George was given a dashing drive by Barry Geraghty.
The winner was powered into the lead coming away from the fourth last and then held on close home to beat Tylers Cottage.
Racing concluded with Willie Mullins’ Alelchi Inois showing much greater resolution than Domination to beat his rival by a length and a quarter in the Christy McSweeney Memorial Novice Chase.
Besides Andrew Lynch, there were four other casualties during the evening. Paul Carberry suffered a suspected broken collarbone, while Mark Enright (lower back), Philip Enright (wrist) and Moira McElligott (ankle) were also in the wars.
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