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Juniper Berry pipped by improving Rocknroll


CURRAGH trainer Jim Gorman, who had prior commitments at home, sent out Ready To Rocknroll to take the rated race in his absence.

Owned by Penny Foley from London, Kevin Manning's mount headed the front-running Juniper Berry in the closing stages and went on to score by a head.

Gorman's representative Aidan O'Ryan said: "He's a good horse who keeps improving. He just gets better with every run and Jim will look for something similar for him."

Gary Carroll, rider of the sixth-placed gambled-on favourite Un Hinged, reported that his mount ran free early on and didn't pick up in the ground.

Scarlet O'Hara, jointly owned by trainer Dermot Weld's mother, Marguerite, and Sue Magnier, confirmed the promise of her Curragh debut when second to Rock Exhibition with a pleasing win under Pat Smullen in the seven furlong maiden.

The even money favourite asserted her superiority just inside the distance and Weld's son Kris said: "She's a lovely well-bred filly and both her owners are fond of this racecourse, so it's nice that she could win here.                              

"She ran very green first time at the Curragh but she learnt from that and we'll probably try to find a listed race for her next."

Michael Halford's 19 year-old apprentice Julie Burke, who comes from Holycross, rode her second winner when making all on the Tracey Collins-trained favourite Springfort to land the apprentice handicap. Collins was well-pleased with the outcome and said: "That was a good front-running performance and Julie gave her a very good ride."

Trainer Tom McCourt kept up his good run thanks to Rue De Cabestan's success under Ben Curtis in the 1m handicap.

The trainer said: "She battles well and she tries hard. The last day over a mile and a quarter on heavy ground was probably a bittough on her, but that's her ideal trip."

Star performance
Scarlet O'Hara shaped like a filly with afuture in winning the seven furlong maiden and should be up to winning a listed race.



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