Lust For Glory lives up to her big reputation
Eoghain Ward reports on the action at Saturday's Tipperary meeting
THE Aidan Fitzgerald-trained Daylight Katie, having fallen on her only start last season, made amends in style – and is now on the market.
After her eyecatching victory she has been earmarked for the sales at Cheltenham next month.
She landed the Goffs four-year-old mares’ maiden from off the pace under a confident Richie Deegan to beat long-time leader Three Thirds by four lengths.
Daylight Katie is owned by Avril Barry, a Borris-based neighbour of the winning trainer, who said: “I’m delighted for Avril. The previous winner I had for her was Treaty Girl two years ago.
“This filly was bought at the Goffs Land Rover sale last year and now goes to the sales.”
Newcomer Lust For Glory lived up to her pre-race billing with a smooth victory in the second division of the Goffs four-year-old mares’ maiden.
The Denis Murphy-owned/trained daughter of Getaway vindicated theat billing with a convincing win for Jamie Codd.
She impressed with the way she travelled, storming through to pick up the running at the last, then quickened to beat Cash Me Outside in a race in which County Wexford-trained runners occupied the first five placings.
“She got a bit weak last season and we left her alone as she was always such a nice sort. She has repaid us now,” said Murphy.
Lust For Glory is another filly likely to attract attention at the Cheltenham sales in two weeks.
Vincent Halley, who saddled Carrigready to win over hurdles at Thurles two days earlier, sent out Getaway Trump to land a bloodless win under John Barry in the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham & Ascot Sales four-year-old geldings’ maiden.
Getaway Trump, who displayed clear signs of talent on his two spring outings, made progress from the rear of mid-division to overtake Arahecan three out.
From that point there was only one possible outcome as the son of Getaway beat the promising Arahecan by nine lengths.
Halley remarked of Getaway Trump, owned by Sarah Keane in partnership with his father Lar: “He was bought at the Goffs Land Rover sale and has loads of gears. He’ll go to the Cheltenham sale.”
Jamie Codd completed a double on Pat Doyle’s newcomer Danny Kirwan in the second division of the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham & Ascot Sales four-year-old geldings’ maiden. He may have an easier winner this season but it is unlikely.
The son of Scorpion, a half-brother to Mark Cahill’s useful handicap hurdler Pilgrim Way, disputed the running with Cooldine Bog until going for home three out and cruised home to beat Risky Gold by 11 lengths.
“He’s potentially the best four-year-old I’ve trained,” Doyle said.
Danny Kirwan is named after a centurion of the same name who lives in owner Roddy O’Byrne’s home village of Kilmacthomas.
It was O’Byrne’s nephew Timmy O’Byrne who bought the horse, a late-April foal, for €19, 000 at the 2016 Goffs Land Rover sale.
Owner/trainer/breeder Jim Barry, from Fethard, sent out Defacto Lady to win the Mikey Ryans Bar & Kitchen five-year-old mares’ maiden under Liz Lalor.
Defacto Lady, fifth to the subsequent British track-placed Rosie McQueen at Boulta last November, swept past the frontrunning Yellow Dockets at the last to win by three lengths with the pair the only finishers from the five runners.
Barry indicated that Defacto Lady, the only horse he has in harness, would be primed for a winners’ race.
There was a dramatic finish to the Sherry Fitzgerald Country Homes, Farms & Estates five-year-old geldings’ maiden when Louis Archdeacon’s seasonal debutant Duhallow Tornado came from an unlikely looking position under Eoin O’Brien to snatch a last-gasp success over Well Tom.
Well Tom led from half-way until joined from two out by Ballyegan Warrior, who was travelling well when falling at the final fence.
Well Tom was then left in the lead but Duhallow Tornado, who was only sixth three out, closed to lead on the line in the colours of Joe ‘Frog’ O’Sullivan.
The expected duel between Chapter Two and Presentingprincess failed to materialise in the Athassel House Stud & Thomastown Castle Training Stables Mares Open as the latter exited at the first.
Chapter Two, a fine third on at Castletown-Geoghegan three weeks earlier, moved through to dispute from the fourth fence.
He asserted between the final two fences to beat Bloodstream by six lengths for Johnny King.
“I’m delighted and Johnny said she won easily,” said Kildare-based owner/trainer Tom Shaw.
“She seems to love this soft to heavy ground and stays forever.”
Trainer Aengus King and rider Eoin Mahon, out of luck with Well Tom, didn’t leave empty-handed as they landed the Hotel Minella six-year-old-and-upwards maiden for novice riders with ex-track performer Braize.
A French-bred having just a second start for King, Braize made virtually all and gave a polished jumping display before asserting two out to inlict a five-length defeat on Orchard Hill.
“I got this horse in February and it’s great he has won,” said King. “I’m really delighted for his owner Mike Neville, who is a good friend of mine from Castleconnell as this is his first winner.”