Bargain buy Red follows-up on Listowel win

Bargain buy Red follows-up on Listowel win

Orangey Red (red cap) is ridden out by Pat Smullen to beat Music Box ©Healy Racing Photos By Donal Murphy Orangey Red followed-up on her recent win at Listowel, as she took the opener at Fairyhouse this evening, the Club Or Charity Fundraisers at Fairyhouse Fillies Race. A dual winner for Dermot Weld and Moyglare Stud Farm, the daughter of Lawman was bought by current owners Ringfort Stud Limited for just E9,000 at Goffs last November. Now under the care of Bill Farrell, she was fifth and eighth on first two starts for her new connections, before winning at Listowel last time out. Upped just three pounds for that success, she was settled in fourth by Pat Smullen, improving a place into third as they entered the straight. She was ridden in pursuit of the leader Music Box from the two furlong pole, and she gradually reeled that rival in inside the final furlong, going on to score by half a length. The winner was returned at 10/3, while the runner-up (Music Box) was a 5/2 joint-favourite under Ana O’Brien for her father Aidan. Virtudes was the other joint-favourite, and she finished a disappointing last under Billy Lee for Willie McCreery. Pat Smullen said afterwards: “She showed good battling qualities. Connections were a bit worried about backing up a bit soon, and she didn’t travel as well as at Listowel. “She dug deep when I needed her, and she is getting it together now.” Additional reporting by Alan Magee
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Preview limerick 17th Jun

Try Again continues his rise through the ranks in the Patrickswell Handicap at Limerick on Saturday night. Since breaking his duck at the 11th attempt at Dundalk in January off a mark of 48, Paul Flynn’s four-year-old hasn’t looked back, following up twice at the all-weather venue before going close on his return to turf at Leopardstown and then making a successful raid on Hamilton last month. He must now compete off a figure of 72 and takes on a different calibre of opponent that includes Snoozing Indian, who shared the spoils at Leopardstown just over a week ago. Jim Bolger has freshened Fountain up since his pleasing comeback second at the Foxrock venue, while handicap debutant Madame Cherie lurks dangerously near the foot of the weights on her handicap debut for Jessica Harrington. Bolger backs Modern Approach up just seven days on from her Curragh third in the www.limerickraces.ie Rated Race. The daughter of New Approach takes on disappointing Navan favourite Steel Prince, although the one to beat is the Ger Lyons-trained World War, who wasn’t disgraced in a Listed race and now has blinkers fitted. Lyons’ Zoffany colt Masucci is one of a clutch of interesting newcomers in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden (6.00), but they will need to be above average to contend with Band Of Outlaws. Joseph O’Brien’s youngster had no luck when Donnacha O’Brien lost his irons at Roscommon on Monday, but still did remarkably well to finish second. Puppetshow was a disappointing favourite at the Curragh, from where she has ground to make up on Breeze in the Croom Maiden, although Aljunood and Roman Wells could be the ones to concentrate on here. Burren View Lady attempts to supplement her Ayr victory in the Racing Again June 23rd Handicap, while Not A Bad Oul Day and Keep Believing, who both failed in hat-trick bids last time, lock horns in the Limerick Handicap.
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Rhododendron takes aim at Prix de Diane

Rhododendron winning The Dubai Fillies Mile ©Healy Racing Photos Rhododendron attempts to give Aidan O’Brien his first victory in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly. The Galileo filly found only stable companion Winter too strong in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket before being outstayed by Enable over a mile and a half in the Investec Oaks. O’Brien said: “Obviously she only ran a couple of weeks ago, but she seems to be in good form. “It’s running her back a little bit quick, but we are hoping that she’s in good form and she runs a good race. “We don’t think the drop back will bother her and that trip should be fine.” Shutter Speed has looked every inch a top-class filly in her short career to date and gets the chance to prove it on Sunday. The winner of a Yarmouth maiden on her only start as a two-year-old, the daughter of Dansili dominated her rivals on her seasonal reappearance at Newbury, with her stablemate Enable back in third. Shutter Speed overcame testing conditions to enhance her reputation in last month’s Musidora Stakes at York and with trainer John Gosden keen to stick to a mile and a quarter, this weekend’s French Oaks has always been her intended Classic assignment. Frankie Dettori appears to have shaken off a shoulder injury suffered in a paddock fall at Yarmouth earlier this week and while a wide draw in stall 14 is a blow to her chances, connections are in positive mood. Gosden and Dettori teamed up to win the Prix de Diane two years ago with Star Of Seville. “She’s in good form and I’m told the ground is good and fast,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah. “We think she’s in very good shape and I’m told Frankie is in good shape as well, so all the ingredients are there. “Her form is good and she’s got to go and prove herself at the highest level now. “There are one or two obstacles there and the draw isn’t ideal, but that’s life. Frankie does ride Chantilly particularly well.” Heading the home team is the impeccably-bred Terrakova. A daughter of Galileo out of the brilliant racemare Goldikova, the three-year-old is unbeaten in two starts for Freddy Head, who said: “I always planned to only give her one run last year. “I know the family well, they are not very precocious, so I didn’t see the point in rushing her to get ready for a Group race. “This season I’ve taken my time with her. If I had her ready in March and I still want her in September/October, that is a long time for a filly. “At the moment 10 furlongs is her trip, but I’m confident she will stay further. “I was impressed with her last time because she didn’t have an easy trip. She had to be rushed up to keep her position but was settled all the time. “When it mattered she then found an extra gear, even though she got checked in the straight.”
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