BOOKMAKERS got a screamer of a result in the featured Listed Danehill Dancer Stakes at Tipperary yesterday, with victory going to the outsider of the six-strong field, the 14-1 shot Anadolu.
Trained by Tracey Collins, the daughter of Statue Of Libery paid in excess of 25-1 on the Tote.
Heavily-backed favourite Moonlit Garden ran fast throughout and looked the most likely winner approaching the furlong pole.
But Anadolu gradually wore her down and was nicely on top close home to score by half a length.
Commented Collins: “She can be difficult at the stalls and Pat (Shanahan) gave her a peach of a ride, he got her very balanced.
“We have always thought a lot of her, she did disappoint us at Naas, but didn’t get six furlongs.
“This was the plan and we will now have to reassess and see what will be next. She has an awful lot of speed.”
John Oxx’s Bean Uasal won the Summer Sunday on 18th July Handicap and then survived a rather surprising stewards’ inquiry.
The winner edged ahead two furlongs out, soon edged left briefly towards eventual second, Anam Chara, and then surged away to score by a comfortable length and a quarter. There was never the remotest possibility of a change in the placings and the inquiry could be best described as frivolous. Oxx said: “She ran well at the Curragh the last day and liked the little ease in the ground. The trainer is a slow learner, we have been messing around trying to find her ideal trip.”
Jim Bolger’s Gipsy Countess produced a gutsy display to take the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden.
She made every yard of the running, holding on for dear life through the last hundred yards to beat Dance On By and Dearest Girl by a head and the same.
Travelling head-man, Ger Flynn, represented Bolger and said: “She’s very well bred and we’re delighted to get her head in front. We will try and get some black type now.”
Tommy stack’s Celerina, after failing twice over seven furlong and once at six, found the minimum distance to her liking when landing the Ballykisteen Maiden.
Wayne Lordan waited until just over a furlong out before pushing Celerina into the lead and she eased away to take a modest contest snugly.
“Five furlongs is probably her trip”, admitted Stack.
Aidan O’Brien’s Master Of Hounds was backed from 1-5 to 1-7, in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden, and those brave souls who waded in never had any cause for concern.
Johnny Murtagh eased him to the front two furlongs down and the Kingmambo colt was soon in control, crossing the line six lengths to the good.
They went a suicidal pace in the Knockanglass Stables Handicap and those blazing the trail never had a prayer of getting home.
In the end it was Pat Smullen who timed it right, powering the Joe Murphy-trained top weight, Initiation, to the front a furlong and a half out.
Murphy indicated that another handicap, at Galway, was now on the agenda.
The Dick Donohoe-trained Mt Weather had all the answers at the end of the five furlongs Arravale Rovers Raceday Handicap.
The seven-year-old finished with a real flourish for Declan McDonogh to easily beat Ucanchoose.
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