O’Brien makes up for drawing a blank at Ascot with Limerick treble

Having drawn a blank on the fourth day of Royal Ascot in the afternoon, Aidan O’Brien gave punters plenty to enjoy when recording a treble with Kingston Jamaica, Battle Of Saratoga and Demurely in Limerick last night.

Runner-up to Probably on his debut over course and distance a week ago and backed into 1/2, the Galileo colt Kingston Jamaica was ridden prominently by Seamus Heffernan, disputing the lead until asserting off the home turn and beating Horizon Sky by two lengths in the 2-Y-0 Maiden.

Colm O’Donoghue provided the other legs of the Ballydoyle treble, making all to win the later maidens. Seven-race maiden Battle Of Saratoga, officially rated 80, proved two lengths superior to favourite Shamona in the 8th July Beach Party Limerick Maiden.

Similar tactics proved successful on Demurely in the Croom House Stud Fillies Maiden, the Galileo filly, fifth to Sapphire in a Group 3 in Cork last Sunday, beating market rival Faanan Aldaar by two and a quarter lengths to earn a valuable winning bracket.

The featured Martin Molony Stakes, a listed event over an extended eleven furlongs, went to Tannery, trained by David Wachman and ridden by Wayne Lordan to beat favourite Backbench Blues by three lengths.

A daughter of Dylan Thomas, Tannery was recording her second listed success, to the delight of Loran, who commented: ‘She’s a smart filly and enjoyed that ground.

“They went a good gallop and my filly travelled and picked up really well. I’m not sure where she’ll go next, but there are plenty of fillies races open to her.”

Earlier, the Adrian McGuinness-trained Bubbly Bellini completed a quick hat-trick when coasting to victory under Ian Brennan in the Ballyduane Stud Handicap.

The five-year-old was winning for the third time in seven days, having scored over this course and distance (Saturday) and Sligo (Tuesday).

Meanwhile, in Down Royal, where torrential rain caused a series of withdrawals on the night, Whatuthink, ridden by Tom Doyle, continued trainer Oliver McKiernan’s rich vein of form, making all to slam Alpine Eagle in the 3fivetwo & Kingsbridge Hospitals Hurdle.

McKiernan’s Any Bets was in front at the final fence in the featured Tote-sponsored Galway Plate Trial, but faded to finish third behind former point-to-pointer Mat Hill, trained locally by Liam Lennon and a second winner over fences for 7lb. claimer Mark Enright.

Back-to-form trainer Michael O’Hare was on the mark when long-absent Windwood Lad (Declan Lavery) won the Bladon & Co. Handicap Hurdle while Donal Coffey’s trip from Cork proved worthwhile when Top Madam (Davy Condon) turned over favourite Letherbelucky in the opening mares hurdle.

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