White red-hot on her return

CHINESE White scored her second Listed race success when landing the Hurry Harriet Stakes, named after the great Paddy Mullins 1973 Newmarket Champion Stakes winner, at Gowran Park last night.

Backed from 9-4 to 15-8 favourite, the Dermot Weld-trained daughter of Dalakhani scored by one and a half lengths from Roman Empress and was well on top at the finish after Pat Smullen stoked her up to get the better of the runner-up inside the final furlong.

Lady Chryss O’Reilly’s grey four-year-old won the Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes at the same track early last season and had been off the track since May prior to last night’s race.

Weld said: “Chinese White is only back in for four and a half weeks and the concern tonight was whether she would need the race. But she has won well and is a smart filly.”

She’s Our Mark, who was on a hat-trick, was unable to make much impression when it mattered and was six lengths behind the front running Roman Empress in third place.

For Frank Ennis the night was special as the Curragh trainer belatedly got off the mark for the season when 9-1 Sebastian Flyte got up virtually on the line, under Willie Supple, to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Two Year Old Maiden by a short head from Mister Tee.

And half an hour later Ennis doubled his score for the campaign when Todd’s Forge and Danny Mullins took the Rooftop Restaurant At Gowran Park Nursery by one and a quarter lengths from Mark Twain.

Another nursery is planned for Todd’s Forge but Ennis has a bigger target in mind for Sebastian Flyte, who had not run since disappointing when favourite for the first two year old race of the season at the Curragh in March.

Ennis said: “We’ve always thought a lot of this colt but he came back very sick after his first run and needed plenty of time. We’re thinking of sending him for the Totescoop6 Two Year Old Trophy at Redcar (October 3rd).”

Johnny Murtagh got on the score sheet when 5-1 favourite Funatfuntasia took the one mile Tote Jackpot Races 3 to 6 Handicap, the five-year-old wearing down Worldly Wise to score by one and a half lengths.

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