Stilettos shows rivals clean pair of heels

Beautiful weather and an all-flat card was the menu at Tipperary yesterday, but punters were thin on the ground and only ten bookmakers were on site.

Stilettos shows rivals clean pair of heels

Diamond Stilettos, bought for just €800 at Goffs as a yearling, bounded to success in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden.

The daughter of Ad Valorem is trained by Annemarie O’Shea at Stoneyford in Co Kilkenny and was ridden by Andrew Thornton.

She was led for much of the trip by the favourite, Amygdala, but the winner powered past over a furlong to down to score going away by two and three quarter lengths.

O’Shea was represented by her husband, former jockey Adrian, who said: “She’s a good filly, stays and has loads of boot.

“She will run again over seven furlongs at the Curragh next Sunday in a Group 3 (C L Weld Park Stakes). I know she was cheap to buy, but was a good walker.”

The South Tipperary Tourism Fundraiser 6th October Handicap was won in fine style by the progressive David Wachman-trained Time For Action.

The imposing son of Dylan Thomas was pushed into contention early in the straight by Wayne Lordan and then stayed on in great style to sweep past Tri Na Ceile.

Said Wachman: “He’s a grand horse that fellow. He was meant to go to Doncaster last week, but the ground was too soft, and will be put away now until next season.”

Pat Martin expressed surprise after his Hilltown Gal stayed on strongly late for Ronan Whelan to land the Follow @Tipperary Races On Twitter Nursery.

“I must say, I am a little surprised,” remarked Martin. “Her last two runs were very disappointing. She did have an issue with her wind, hence the tongue tie.”

The very promising Colin Keane rode the 50th winner of his career when guiding Sword Of Light to an easy success in the Apprentice Handicap. Keane has now had his claim reduced to 3lbs.

Hail Shower, fresh from running twice at the Listowel festival, was always prominent, but could not match the speed of the winner once Keane drove him ahead inside the furlong pole.

Willie McCreery, who trains Hail Shower, was on the mark when South Ring took the modest Follow Tipperary Races On Facebook Maiden.

Partnered by Pat Smullen, she battled on against the far rails to hold the late rush of Red All Star by the minimum margin, a nose.

“She’s a winner now and could head for the paddocks,” reported McCreery. “The draw and blinkers helped, but she was still saving a bit for herself.”

Kentra, who got loose before the start and twice dislodged rider Gary Carroll, won the Super Sunday 6th October Claiming Race.

Carroll drove her ahead over a furlong down and she kept finding to beat Banker Burke and Street Party. It was a third winner for trainer, Johnny Levins.

Jim Bolger’s horses are back firing on all cylinders and the hitherto frustrating Teocht was another for him in the Family Day Super Sunday Fillies Maiden.

Enterprisingly handled by Kevin Manning, the winner kicked on off the home turn, crossing the line comfortably clear of A Star Is Born.

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