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Mark lands third Group 3 success

WHAT a credit She’s Our Mark is to in-form trainer, Pat Flynn.

At Cork yesterday, on her 43rd outing, the six-year-old landed the Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes.

This was her third Group 3 win and her eighth victory in total. Ridden out the back by Danny Grant, She’s Our Mark gradually edged closer in the straight.

She then swept through with a powerful surge to lead inside the furlong pole and beat Leo Gali and heavily-backed Zarebiya going away.

Said Flynn: "I felt she had a good chance and will now get a mile and six. We will play it by ear, but she is unreal.

"I bought her for twelve and a half grand at Fairyhouse as a yearling and she was some value."

The daughter of Ishiguru is owned by the nine-member B and M Syndicate, who all come from Killarney.

David Wachman’s Hen Night, absent since finishing third to subsequent Irish 1000 Guineas winner Bethrah at Leopardstown in early May, put up a fine performance to take the Listed Platinum Stakes.

Famous and English challenger, Mark Johnston’s St Moritz, dominated for much of the journey, but neither had anything to offer once Wayne Lordan asked the winner to quicken past at the furlong pole.

Gigginstown House Stud, who have enjoyed so much success over jumps, own the daughter of Danehill Dancer.

Commented Wachman: "She had a busy spring, so we gave her a break. She is tailor-made for America and I would take her there if allowed to do so by the owners."

John Murphy’s Foolproof dug deep for Danny Grant, initiating a double, to land the Navigation Road Nursery.

The son of King’s Best did it the hard way, racing near the front throughout and battling on to hold Long Time Coming.

"He got a bit jarred up at Navan and I probably ran him back a bit quick at the Curragh", said Murphy. "We were waiting on an ease in the ground and he could progress to be very smart."

Dermot Weld, fresh from a record-breaking 11 winners at Galway, took his total for the week to 12 when Palm Ridge justified favouritism in the Mitchelstown Maiden.

Ridden with typical confidence by Pat Smullen, he got to the front under two furlongs down and the only worry was when swerving left inside the furlong pole.

Smullen was unperturbed, however, and only had to push Palm Ridge out to beat Slade with a nice bit to spare.

Mark Weld represented his father and said: "He (Palm Ridge) deserved that, he’s hit the crossbar a few times.

"The ease in the ground made a huge difference. Dad would have taken him out if the ground was fast, but there was no problem when he heard it was beautiful."

John Grogan, who trains between Cashel and Rosegreen, not too far from Ballydoyle, saddled Katla to win the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden.

Produced by Billy Lee to lead over a furlong out, she stayed on strongly to beat Jamesie by a length and a quarter.

For Grogan it was a second success on the track to go with Be Dignified at Ballinrobe back in 2004.

"This was her Derby and we are now putting a ‘for sale’ sign on her", reported the trainer.

The Tote Trifecta Rollover Handicap was a low-grade affair, but housed an impressive winner in the shape of Frank Ennis’ Kokoro.

The 10-1 shot eased ahead early in the straight and soon scampered right away for Declan McDonogh to score by an unflattering four lengths.

The Marcus Callaghan trained Patrickswell and Chris Geoghegan got the best of a desperate last furlong tussle with Celerina in the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap, the verdict a short head.

Geoghegan, however, was found guilty of using his whip with excessive frequency and suspended for two days.