Dragon lands minor touch easily

The Tony Martin-trained Green Dragon was the medium of a minor touch in the TipperaryRaces.ie Maiden Hurdle at Tipperary last night.

Ridden by Paul Townend and backed from 12-1 to 9’s, he landed the bets with the minimum of fuss.

Townend produced Green Dragon to challenge going to the last and only had to nudge him forward to score by six and a half lengths.

Commented Martin: “He had a good run the last day at Punchestown and the better ground brought out the best in him.”

A much bigger gamble, however, was attempted in the contest with Charles Byrnes’ Synchonicity. He was taken from 6-1 to 15-8 favourite, but was in trouble a fair way out and could only trail in a well-beaten fifth.

Byrnes’ Mahrajan was then backed from 7-1 to 4-1 in the Pride Of Tipperary Gathering 27th June Handicap Hurdle, but went under by three parts of a length to Eddie Hales’ Ted Dolly. The winner was driven ahead going to the final flight by Barry Geraghty and was always holding Mahrajan on the run in.

“I really like this horse, he’s been waiting for good ground”, reported Hales.

“It’s a long way to Tipperary”, quipped Co Down trainer, Sarah Dawson, after her Abstraction had easily won the Follow Tipperary On Facebook Handicap. Partnered by Seamie Heffernan, the three-year-old forged ahead at the furlong pole to beat Judies Child by two lengths.

Continued Dawson: “He was in the lorry for five hours and, with the heat, that was my concern. We will see how he is in the morning and then make a plan.”

Jim Bolger’s Tiger At Heart ran his rivals ragged in the Tipperary Youth Raceday Handicap.

Soon in front for Kevin Manning, the Teofilo colt galloped relentlessly and never gave his rivals any chance to close him down.

Bolger was represented by headman, Ger Flynn, who said: “Kevin was delighted with him.

“He loved the quick ground and we will now try and find something similar. I’d imagine he will go to the sales in July and will make a lovely hurdler.”

Pat Flynn’s Storm Away proved a very impressive winner of the Fundraising Events At Tipperary Bumper. She flew up the straight for Paul Power to score with plenty in hand by four lengths from Charlie Swan’s newcomer, Rally.

Said Flynn: “She’s a right horse, I was just hoping would go on the ground. I might look for something ambitious now, or give her a break.”

Aidan O’Brien’s Fountain Of Youth was returned at 1-10 in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden, but even those prohibitive odds looked generous, as he strolled to victory. Pushed into the lead well over a furlong out by Joseph O’Brien, the Oasis Dream colt eased away to beat Focussed by four lengths. Said Joseph: “He’s a nice horse, but still a bit green. He handled the ground well.”

The Follow @TipperaryRaces On Twitter Median Auction Maiden was modest, but provided the layers with a decent result in the shape of Jessica Harrington’s 16-1 shot. Weather Watch.

Given a strong drive by Emmet McNamara, the Hurricane Run colt swept through on the outside to get up close home and beat Gerdago and front-running, Feile Bride, by a head and a short head. It was the first winner McNamara has ridden for Harrington.

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