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Domination toys with opposition

Charles Byrnes’ Domination toyed with the opposition on the way to landing the featured J P McManus Hurdle at Cork yesterday.

The six-year-old is improving rapidly and certainly shapes like a horse with a reasonably bright future.

Davy Russell was in no hurry, but this was over once he asked the winner to lead over the second last.

Said Byrnes: "I’m delighted, he didn’t have a hard race. He is in the English Cesarewitch (Newmarket, October 10), but is very ground dependent.

"He hates soft ground and wants it really good. There’s a conditions hurdle at Galway and he might head for that, because the ground at Newmarket could be gone for him."

Flaxen Flare went off at 1-9 to beat two moderate rivals in the Corkracecourse.ie Hurdle and hardly broke sweat under Davy Condon.

He jumped to the front three out and strolled up the straight to beat the hard ridden Massini’s Trap by a length.

Winning trainer, Gordon Elliott, said: "He will have a little break now and then probably go for the Ladbrokes’ Hurdle at Ascot."

Condon completed a quick double when Curley Bill, taken from 4-7 to 1-3, easily won the Family Day Out Maiden Hurdle.

Again it was really a case of strolling through the contest, until Condon said go heading to the final flight.

Curley Bill is trained by Noel Meade, who said: "We will keep him to decent ground and he should be a force to reckon with in novice hurdles.

"He might go to Listowel, but the plan is to rest the horse on winter ground."

The layers got a real screamer when Go Deimhin, trained at Thurles by William Hayes, cropped up at 50-1 in the Follow Cork Racecourse On Facebook Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.

Partnered by David Splaine, she forged ahead between the final two flights to beat Texas Rose.

"It took divine patience to get her to win today", revealed Hayes. "We’ve had a terrible summer with her, with ladies’ trouble.

"It was so frustrating, it was a bit like being married to a woman, who would be nagging you every day!"

Paddy Cronin enjoyed his third winner on the track when Pierce Gallagher guided Baidin Fheilimi to success in the Munster Handicap Hurdle. "I’m a farmer, training in Doneraile", quipped Cronin, as the daughter of Snurge returned to the winner’s enclosure.

Gallagher powered his charge to the front going to the last and she found plenty to score by six lengths.

The favourite, Lancing, was tracking the leaders, apparently still with lots to give, when pulled heading to the penultimate obstacle. He was subsequently found to be lame.

Dermot Weld’s Galway second, Marty’s Magic, was always a short price in the Bumper, but ran no sort of race, finding nothing in the straight for Robbie McNamara pressure.

Victory went to 20-1 shot, Celtic Fashion, ridden by Corky Carroll, who got the best of the battle with Willie Mullins’ Goldboy.

Limpopo Tom, third at Ballinrobe previously, won the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle for Brian Cawley and Paul Flynn.

Pushed ahead going to two out by Cawley, the winner soon looked set to be swamped by Goal.

But when it came down to the battle, Goal found nothing and Limpopo Tom was nicely on top at the line.