Latino's late burst just magic for Osborne

LATINO MAGIC, with a last-gasp effort, gave trainer Robbie Osborne his biggest success to date when grabbing the Carlsberg Ruby Stakes at Tralee yesterday.

“This is my first win in a Listed race and it’s fantastic,” exclaimed a delighted Osborne.

Royal Fortune set a swinging gallop, but approaching the final furlong Pat Smullen drove Hymn Of Love past.

Robbie Burke was now getting a generous response from Latino Magic, however, and this tough son of Lion Cavern mastered Hymn Of Love in the final stride.

“I am lucky to have a nice horse like him,” said Osborne. “He has made great improvement this season.

“He was a good two-year-old, but just needed to harden up. I would love to win a Group race, but he may have to travel to achieve that.”

Michael Grassisk was fined €730 for the late withdrawal of Dame Alicia from this contest.

Aidan O’Brien introduced a lovely newcomer in Roosevelt’s full-brother, Five Dynasties, to take the Irish Stallion Farms’ Maiden.

Always travelling sweetly, the Danehill colt quickened in style to go past front-running Akinola at the furlong pole and score going away by two and a half lengths.

Michael Kinane, who partnered the winner, was very impressed: “He’s a smart horse, he went round there like a pro,” remarked the pilot.

Say Again justifed a short price in the Meadowlands Hotel Beginners ’Chase, but just about, scrambling home by a neck from Pro Dancer.

The principals went on together over the second last, but it was only in the dying strides that Say Again finally got on top.

Commented trainer, Paul Nolan: “Hopefully, we will have a sound horse in the morning. John (Cullen) said he was minding himself on the ground.”

David Russell took a fall from Just For Fun three out and was removed to hospital for X-rays. Fortunately, he only suffered soft-tissue damage to his foot and was stood down for 48 hours.

“That was a class ride from Pat Smullen,” was how Dermot Weld described the performance of his pilot aboard Music Celebre, the short head winner of the first division of the Rose Of Tralee Handicap.

Smullen drove the gambled-on son of Peintre Celebre, backed from 8-1 to 5’s, into the lead inside the furlong pole and then held the final surge of Sahara Prince by the narrowest of margins. It was Weld’s 57th win of the flat campaign and his third here this week.

Noel Meade’s More Rainbows became the first horse to win two juvenile races over jumps this season when producing a polished display in the Val’s Bar and Bistro three-year-old Hurdle.

Paul Carbery brought More Rainbows with typical timing to lead over the penultimate obstacle and beat Business Acumen cosily.

Market leader, Bermaho, proved very disappointing. He gave an exhibtion of jumping when scoring at Roscommon, but his technique left plenty to be desired here.

“He just couldn’t jump off that ground,” reported Ruby Walsh.

The Michael Hourigan trained Spin In The Wind swept past front-running Coremmnia heading to the final furlong to take the Bumper.

“She will head to Listowel for a winners’ bumper, she seems to go that bit better on quick ground,” said Hourigan.

Sean Cleary powered Harbour Bay to the front inside the furlong pole to beat Bed Of Silk in the second section of the Rose Of Tralee Handicap.

Harbour Bay was a 14-1 shot and another 14-1 chance, Flying Knight, strongly handled by Tadgh O’Shea, got the best of a tough tussle with Sea Skate and Le Leopard in the Ballybeggan Park Racegoers’ Club Tralee Races Forever Handicap.

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