Say destined for better things after easy success

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Say proved the star of the show in Cork last evening, romping to an impressive nine lengths victory in the Irish Stallion Farms Fillies Maiden.

Sent off 1/6 favourite, the Galileo filly — narrowly beaten in Navan last time — edged ahead turning for home before drawing clear gradually to score, hard held, delighting winning rider Joseph O’Brien, who said: “She’s a lovely filly and was a bit unlucky the last day. She improved from her run in Leopardstown and should improve again. She has a great pedigree and is definitely a stakes filly.”

Say holds a number of big engagements, including the Epsom and Irish Oaks, and, although facing limited opposition here, looks an exciting prospect

In the earlier, one-mile colts maiden, another odds-on favourite Ghaamer (1/3) duly obliged in convincing style, despite struggling, when let down, in the testing conditions.

The Dermot Weld-trained colt was driven out by Pat Smullen to beat Point Piper by two and a quarter lengths, prompting his trainer to comment: “Pat was very happy with him. He’s just learning to race and is certain to progress.

“I think he’s a horse of stakes calibre, over seven furlongs or a mile. But he’ll need fast ground to produce his best.”

Cape Of Approval will go pot-hunting in listed company following his workmanlike victory over Bracing Breeze and odds-on favourite Parliament Square in the four-runner Corkracecourse.ie Race over six furlongs.

The Cape Cross gelding was ridden to a length and three-quarters victory by Wayne Lordan and winning trainer Tommy Stack said: “He loves that soft ground, which is a big help. He’s a big horse and seems to be improving as he goes along. With his rating, he’ll have to go for a few listed races now.”

John Joe Walsh declared: “That’s the third time I’ve won this race in the last few years,” after The Four Elms relished the testing conditions to land the Follow @Corkracecourse On Twitter Handicap, giving talented apprentice Connor King his sixth career success.

The Four Elms, came from off a strong pace to beat Gunner Lindley by two lengths. Walsh added: “The young lad’s claim was a big help and he gave the horse a nice, cool ride. I’m not sure where we’ll go next.”

Willie McCreery continued in flying form when 6/4 favourite September Lily, ridden by Shane Kelly, defied top-weight in the first division of the seven-furlong Social Package Handicap, scoring decisively by two and a quarter lengths from Great Ability.

“She has been very consistent and deserved that,” said McCreery, after saddling his fourth winner this week. “It was as good an opportunity as you could find for her and she was able to grind it out. She cost €10,000 at the Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale and is paying her way.”

The second division of this event saw Fran Berry produce the J P McManus-owned College Boy to lead inside the final furlong and beat Cookie Crumbles, giving absent trainer Conor O’Dwyer his first flat success.

- Apprentice Derek McCormack picked up a two-day ban for using his whip with excessive frequency on John’s Legend in a division of the seven-furlong handicap.

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