Queens Visit a hit with punters

Most punters wanted to be with Tommy Stack’s Queens Visit in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden at Clonmel last night and were proved right.

It didn’t look that way with over a furlong to run, however, as she appeared to be struggling to get to grips with both Quick Glimpse and Hassaya.

But Queens Visit responded well to Wayne Lordan’s urgings and was nicely on top close home. Said Stack’s son, Fozzy: “She stays and will probably go for a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half fillies handicap.”

The Pat Martin-trained Donatis Comet, successful three times in bumpers, got off the mark on the flat with a hard-earned success in the Fethard Maiden. Partnered by Irish Grand National winning jockey, Andrew Thornton, the hot-pot had to dig deep to get the best of a sustained tussle with No Such Number, the verdict a neck.

“That was a struggle, he will now head for a mile and a half handicap at Fairyhouse”, reported trainer, Pat Martin. “He’s had a problem in the past with a hind leg and won’t go jumping.”

Michael Halford’s Castle Guest ran his rivals ragged in the Girls Night Out At Clonmel Races Handicap.

Partnered by Shane Foley, he made every yard of the running to score by four and a half lengths, a margin that could have been doubled had Foley so wished.

Commented Halford: “He progressed since his last run at Wexford and preferred the better ground. He’s a horse who will jump a hurdle later on.”

Edward O’Grady’s Crocus Bay, who disappointed somewhat in bumpers, was seen in a more favourable light on his jumping debut in the Funky Friday BBQ Race Evening June 15th Maiden Hurdle. Confidently handled by Barry Geraghty, he edged to the front going to the final flight to beat Roadtoabbbeyfeale by a length and a quarter.

Said O’Grady: “I was both disappointed and surprised he didn’t win a bumper. He jumps and stays and it is onwards and upwards now.”

O’Grady and Geraghty completed a double when Tugboat easily landed the Clonacody Maiden Hurdle.

Always on the pace, Tugboat eased ahead going to two out to beat the front-running Dreaming On.

Tugboat is owned by Thomas Barr, who has the Henry Candy-trained Rugged Cross in tomorrow’s Epsom Derby. “I hope this is a good omen for Mr Barr”, remarked O’Grady.

Pat Flynn’s Florry Knox, the outsider of the field at 25-1, won the moderate Jossestown Handicap.

Ridden by Michael Hussey, he stayed on strongly down the outside in the straight to beat The Fox Tully. “He’s a nice little horse, I only have him a while”, said Flynn.

Clonsilla Affairs, strongly handled by Jason McKeown, found plenty for pressure to beat Never Bold a length in the Powerstown Park Handicap Hurdle.

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