Fleur De Nuit easily overturns hot pot to earn crack at Listed prize

Fleur De Nuit, trained in Galway by John Bleahen, turned over Aidan O’Brien’s hot pot, Marchese Marconi, in the Croome House Stud Handicap at Listowel yesterday.

Marchese Maconi took them along at a relatively sedate pace for much of the journey and Declan McDonogh had no trouble sending the winner past at the furlong pole.

Said Bleahen: “The race was run perfectly for her, she has a bit of toe. I planned to run her at Leopardstown on Friday night and think she is entitled to have a go at the Listed event.”

Dermot Weld’s Glory Boy redeemed the promise of his debut third at Leopardstown when proving too strong for heavily backed Ruler Of France in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden.

Ruler Of France edged ahead early in the straight, but the winner, who was very free in the early stages, gradually closed him down and was nicely on top close home for Pat Smullen.

Commented Smullen: “He gave me a hard time of it early on and was quite keen. He was a shade unlucky at Leopardstown and was entitled to win a race like this.”

The hitherto frustrating John Joe Walsh-trained Lady Giselle found her level when easily landing the modest www.listowelraces.ie Median Auction Maiden.

Gary Carroll soon had her striding along in front and she had no trouble shaking off the token challenge of Cocktail Hour in the straight.

“This lady has been running well all year, but I don’t think that was much of a race”, reported Walsh. “She will now return to handicapping.”

The daughter of Indian Haven is owned, and was bred, by Richard Cavanagh from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, who was enjoying a first ever success, after years of trying.

Jane Mangan did really well to take the Bryan McMahon Race on the Andrew Oliver-trained Abou Ben.

The 11-year-old took a real pull and Mangan decided to allow him stride on with over five furlongs to cover.

Rocket Man and Aughnacurraveel tried to close in the straight, but Mangan’s tactics reaped their reward and Abou Ben was never going to be closed down.

Said Mangan: “They went slower and slower and he was keener and keener. I let him go on down the back and he settled grand in front.”

Denis Hogan’s Empresario, backed from 12-1 to 8’s, took the Jackie and Gene Handicap.

Billy Lee was seen to real effect, driving him into the lead close home to beat Wholelotofrosie by a neck, with Edenshaw just a further neck away in third.

Said Hogan: “Fitting cheek-pieces was a big help and Billy gave him a super ride. Billy won on him for David Wachman, so knew the horse. He has been schooled and will jump a hurdle down the line.”

The stewards inquired into the improvement in form of Empresario and noted the explanation offered by Hogan.

Ger O’Leary’s Busalla, far from neglected in the market, held on for dear life to take the St John’s Literary Handicap.

Powerfully handled by Shane Foley, the winner made all to beat the staying on Killourney Express by a short head. Busalla, according to O’Leary, might make a quick return at Leopardstown on Friday evening.

The promising Connor King rode his seventh winner of the season aboard Brady’s Hill in the George Fitzmaurice Handicap. Always near the front, the winner kicked away early in the straight to easily beat Indy Gal.

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