Red Sea parts for Manning as Risk takes Flight
It needed a yawning gap to appear on the inside rail, but when it did the turn of foot shown by the six-year-old Flight Risk was very taking indeed.
What looked like being a case of being all dressed up with nowhere to go quickly turned into a comfortable victory in the Group 3 Shabra-sponsored Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday evening for Jim Bolger's charge.
The son of Teofilo had been knocking on the door for a while, ever since his previous victory at 50-1 in the 2015 Gladness Stakes at the Curragh, and he handled ground which may have been thought to be too quick with some aplomb as he pulled two and a half lengths clear of the Richard Fahey-trained raider Don't Touch.
He had been gelded since his last run in October and rider Kevin Manning saidd: "They had gone a nice pace. Sometimes he hits the gates too quickly and he can be too close to the front, but when you can get him switched off he can pick up well.
"I was just hoping that something would open up. He's been giving us the right signals at home, but he's a horse for whom everything has to go right on the day."
Bolger said: "It's his first time to run that well on good ground and maybe he's getting hardier. We always felt there was a big day in him and there's probably better to come on days things can go right for him. He could probably go over a mile and he's even run well over six. We might go for a race like the Minstrel Stakes."
There was to be no fairytale 17th win for Gordon Lord Byron, who faded in the last furlong to finish fourth having made much of the running, while the David O'Meara-trained favourite Firmament was a well-beaten fifth.