Fiesole returns to the Flat in style

Fiesole returns to the Flat in style

Fiesole wins nicely under Ross Coakley ©Healy Racing Photos By Alan Magee Fiesole carried over his recent improvement over hurdles when justifying strong support on the return to the Flat in the Askeaton Apprentice Handicap at Limerick. The Eoin Doyle-trained gelding won twice at Down Royal last month, and early online offers of 4/1 soon disappeared as he was sent off the 7/4 favourite for his first Flat outing this year. Ross Coakley rode the son of Montjeu with plenty of confidence, leading early inside the final furlong and just pushed out to score by three and a half lengths. Roibeard took the runner-up berth, with Miro staying on nicely another two lengths away in third. Coakley said, “Eoin said to just take my time as he said he can be idle when he gets there and the idea with only eight runners was to follow them away. “I was always happy and he travelled away comfortably. He loves that ground and has improved over hurdles and is obviously in a good place mentally. Hopefully he can win again.” (TW & AM)
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Approach bids for hat-trick in Munster Oaks

Glamorous Approach winning at the Curragh last month ©Healy Racing Photos Glamorous Approach will face nine rivals in her bid to complete a hat-trick in the Munster Oaks at Cork on Sunday. The Jim Bolger-trained filly appeared to have her limitations exposed at stakes level towards the end of last season, but has clearly raised her game as a four-year-old. Since a pleasing reappearance when third in the Noblesse Stakes at this venue in April, the daughter of New Approach has won a handicap and a Listed prize at the Curragh, both in commanding style. That latest victory came just last weekend and she makes a swift return in search of Group Three honours. Aidan O’Brien, who has won this prize in each of the last three seasons, has four representatives in Like A Star, Butterflies, Key To My Heart and Pavlenko. John Oxx also has a strong hand with Flying Fairies, Sea Swift and Bengala. The Charles O’Brien-trained Santa Monica and Sea Swift from Dermot Weld’s yard make up the field.
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Prince shows Steel to open account

Steel Prince (left) beating Druids Cross ©Healy Racing Photos By Alan Magee Steel Prince confirmed the promise of three outings this year when justifying favouritism in the www.limerickraces.ie Rated Race. The son of Nathaniel was well-backed on track from 11/4 into 2/1 but needed to show plenty of guts inside the final furlong to land the spoils. The front-running World War was headed over a furlong out, and Druids Cross appeared likely to complete a four-timer on the day for Joseph O’Brien. HoweverSteel Prince dug deep to just get on top in the closing stages and score by half a length. There was a gap of five and a half lengths back to Modern Approach in third. Winning trainer Patrick Prendergast said, “That was more like it. I was very disappointed the last day but, in hindsight, I think it was trainer error as his race at Tipperary took more out of him than I thought it would. “He had a good last two weeks though and freshened up well and I was happier coming here today. That’s the way to ride him too, inside of being up doing the donkey work, he has a bit of ‘lick’ to him. He only just does enough. “If he won easy, I was going to run in the Ulster Derby but he looks a horse who needs three or four weeks between runs.” (TW & AM)
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