Captain Cee Bee pulls rank on maiden rivals

CAPTAIN Cee Bee pulled rank on the opposition at the final stage of the Killarney Festival yesterday when literally running away with the Dawn Omega Milk Maiden.

The imposing son of Germany, whose future lies over jumps, has always been highly regarded by trainer, Eddie Harty.

“He’s a proper horse”, reported Harty. “I thought he was Listed class on the flat and he might well be yet.”

Kevin Manning did the driving and only had to let out an inch of rein in the straight. Captain Cee Bee was in front over two furlongs down and he lengthened clear to score unextended by nine lengths.

“He won’t be going anywhere near Galway”, said Harty “I will give him a break now and he will probably come back at September.

“Jumping will be his game and he is likely to start in October. I see him as a Cheltenham horse.”

Piltown, considering he is only a four-year-old, put up a fine effort to defy 11-4 in the Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle.

Favourite Imperial Rose got in close to the last, as she battled with Eagle’s Pass, but neither had any answer to the sweeping late surge Davy Russell conjured from Piltown.

Damien Byrne, doing the honours for trainer, Joe Crowley, said: “He is in the Galway Hurdle and could go for that. The alternative would be a two miles and three handicap hurdle.”

Field Commander put some useful horses firmly in their place when producing a decent performance in the Colm Foley Memorial Novice Hurdle.

He jumped out and did it the hard way as well, meeting each challenge as it arose. Field Commander shook off Scholars Mate before two out and Andrew McNamara had saved plenty to easily hold market-leader, Cloone Rocket.

Michael Hourigan said of his charge: “He’s won three times over hurdles now and should make a nice chaser next season.”

Robbie Osborne’s Amarjit was the business in the ring for the Aghadoe Heights Hotel Handicap hurdle and scored with the minimum of fuss.

Beautifully and confidently handled by Denis O’Regan, he came there cantering in the straight.

O’Regan waited until after the final flight before easing into the lead and Amarjit scored with plenty in hand.

Commented Osborne: “He’s a good little horse, who will hopefully now head to Galway. He will run in one or two of those two mile handicaps on the flat.”

Willie Supple gave Our Monty an enterprising drive to take the Dawn Soya Milk Autistic Ireland Charity Handicap.

In the first two throughout, Our Monty went on well before the home turn, crossing the line seven lengths clear of Ansar.

“He’s a character, who likes his own way”, said trainer, Kevin O’Brien. “He will go for something at Galway, maybe the four-year-old hurdle the first night.”

Ansar ran a perfectly respectable Galway Plate trial. He dropped to the back of the field well before the straight, but then found a second wind and was fairly going on at the finish.

Kingcove, following his debut second to Kirbybroguelantern at Down Royal, was the one most punters wanted in the Bumper, but he couldn’t raise his tempo over the final two furlongs, eventually taking third.

Victory went to Pat Doyle’s impressive newcomer, Roughing It, who was always getting the best of the battle with another first-timer, Christy Roche’s Ah Ya Boy Ya.

The layers got a tasty result in the first section of the Dawn Flavoured Milk Handicap when Tim Doyle’s 20-1 shot Misima Sunrise and Billy Lee got the better of Alf Tupper.

The second division went to the in-form Pat Flynn yard with Shesthebiscuit, who held on through the final furlong for Danny Grant to hold the favourite Togher Castle.

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