Deegan stands tall at Fairyhouse

Deegan stands tall at Fairyhouse

Stand To Attention gave Paul Deegan his biggest pay day when scooping the pool in the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes at Fairyhouse today.

The Diamond Green colt had finished out of the money in fifth spot when making his debut just eight days earlier but this time netted €74,000 for his connections.

He showed a devastating turn of foot for Chris Hayes to power into the lead in the final half-furlong.

The Four Masters got up in the last stride to get second place ahead of the David Evans-trained Bathwick Bear, who had looked the likely winner when hitting the front two furlongs out. Nigel Tinkler's Rudegirl was fourth.

Deegan said: "He only cost two grand, but we've always thought a lot of him.

"The plan was one run and then here and it's worked out. He is a fair horse and Chris gave him a brilliant ride. He wouldn't want it rattling fast but he should be fine on anything else.

"The Young Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association Racing Club lease him off me and it's my first winner for them. Prize-money wise that's my biggest win.

"Stand To Attention is very big, but he is strong and mature. He will step up to Pattern company next."

Aidan O'Brien saddled Look At Me (7-2) to make a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) Maiden.

Johnny Murtagh sent the two-year-old daughter of Danehill Dancer into the lead a furlong from home after Daisyanabelle had set the pace.

Despite showing signs of greenness, she kept on strongly to score by a length and three-quarters from Shelley Beach with Vasoni third.

Murtagh said: "She's a nice one that and showed a great turn of foot despite being very green. She is one of the nicest two-year-olds I've ridden this year and she has a big future."

O'Brien's jockey son Joseph was relieved to find Aladdins Cave (5-1) had held by a short head in the Dunshauglin Handicap.

The 5lb claimer was almost caught out by Saajidah after easing Colm Murphy's horse down in the final strides.

Murphy said: "At least the handicapper can't give him too much for that. He hasn't stopped improving and I didn't think the ground would be a problem as he has gone on winter ground before.

"The plan was to go hurdling but that could be shelved now. Hopefully there's another little Flat race in him.

"He pulls himself up in front and he was probably getting to the end of his tether. Being that bit older probably helped on that ground against the younger horses."

O'Brien junior completed a quickfire 20-1 double when steering home Pat Flynn's 5-2 favourite Waydownsouth in the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap.

Whip Mark made it third time lucky when getting off the mark in the Ratoath Maiden.

Kevin Manning always had the 7-4 favourite well-placed as Prayer Boat took the field along and he hit the front inside the final furlong.

Whip Mark withstood the late challenge of Phoebe Van Gelder by half a length with Prayer Boat third.

Trainer Jim Bolger's representative Ger Flynn said: "Kevin said the step-up to seven would help. He stayed on well and he is a full-brother to Roches Cross that won in Listowel in June.

"He is progressive and he is coming along physically and mentally. We'll see how the handicapper treats him now."

Trainer Tom Cleary greeted his first winner for 14 months when Bendzoldan sprang a 20-1 surprise in the Enable Ireland North East Nursery Handicap.

Leading two furlongs out, Davy Moran's mount stayed on gamely to beat Brookley Lady by a neck with Big Bad Tyson a length and a half away.

Cleary said: "A winner at last! We were hoping she'd run well as she has been working very well at home.

"We knew she'd like the soft ground and she stays at it and is very tough. Davy gave her a great ride and hopefully she'll be able to win another race like that."

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