Somasach does business for Bolger

JIM BOLGER has a useful team of juveniles this season and he introduced another smart one in the shape of Somasach to land the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden at Tipperary last night.

The daughter of Johannesburg didn’t have the best of draws, but made light of that to indicate she clearly has a bright future.

Bogini, third on her debut at the Curragh, ran fast at the front for most of the journey, but had no answer to the winner once Kevin Manning drove her past well into the final furlong.

David Wachman’s newcomer, Experience, who took time to get the hang of what was required, finished to real effect, but just couldn’t quite reel in Somasach.

Bolger’s travelling head man, Ger Flynn, did the honours and reported: “Kevin said she is very fast and will have no problem staying six furlongs.

“She could go to Naas next Monday for a Listed race, or else wait for Royal Ascot, over either five or six furlongs.’’

John Oxx’s Zabarajad, down in class after contesting the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh, went off at 2-9 in the Maiden.

He proved a very costly failure, however, finding nothing for Johnny Murtagh pressure close home.

Murtagh eased him to the front just under four furlongs down and he quickened on early in the straight, looking sure to score.

But Zabarajad’s stride soon began to shorten and Colm O’Donoghue brought 33-1 shot Alnashmy with a powerful late surge to win going away by three parts of a length.

Trainer, David Marnane, said: “He’s a nice horse, we have always liked him and will get further.’’

Geraldines Lass followed her win at Navan on Saturday by taking the Visit Tipperary Racecourse Handicap.

The filly was clearly going best approaching the furlong pole, had to wait for a split, but once it arrived she was through it in a flash to score by a neck in the hands of Ricky Doyle.

The stewards called an inquiry, but it would have been a major shock if they deemed any alteration to the placings was necessary.

Trainer, Willie McCreery, said: “She’s improving, will have a little break now and won’t run again for a month.’’

The handicapper was entitled to feel justified after Bondage had justified favouritism in the Tote Trifecta Rollover Handicap.

When Gordon Elliott’s gelding won at Ballinrobe on Monday night, he put him up 14lbs. Bondage, competing here under a fixed 5lbs penalty, eased ahead with less than a furlong to run and only had to be pushed out by Emmet McNamara.

“I had to run him,’’ commented Elliott. “He might go to Royal Ascot now for a two and a half mile handicap, it will be a bit of crack for the owners.’’

The hitherto frustrating Long Live The King was best for money in the Maiden and put it all together for a clear-cut success.

He was soon front for Joseph O’Brien and made all the running to beat Let It Snow by three and a half lengths.

Leigh Roche was on the mark again aboard An Mhi in the modest Handicap.

He beat Weld’s number one jockey, Pat Smullen, powering Joanna Morgans’ six-year-old past Mrs Batt with over a furlong to go.

Another moderate affair was the Glen Of Aherlow Handicap and this fell to the Ronan Whelan partnered Intyre Trail.

The winner got to the front with a furlong and a half to run and the late rush of Chaparro was never a worry.

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