Ascot target for impressive An Saighdiur

Andy Slattery’s An Saighdiur ran away with the Listed six furlongs Cork Stakes at Cork yesterday.

Confidently handled by Billy Lee, the winner ran fast from the start and was soon travelling nicely in front.

From over a furlong out this was a procession, as the seven-year-old surged clear to beat Scream Blue Murder by five lengths.

“He should have won at York (October), he was cut off everywhere,” said Slattery. “Royal Ascot is the place to go now, if the ground is soft, or the Paddy Power Sprint at the Curragh.

“Jump out and bowl is the way to ride him over six furlongs on soft ground. After he won his first race at Dundalk, I though he might be heading over hurdles, I don’t know where the improvement has come from. He will definitely go for the Ayr Gold Cup’

Tommy Stack’s Onenightidreamed justified favouritism in the Like Us On Facebook Median Auction Maiden, but had to dig deep to beat market rival, Jocular.

The pair had a real battle in the straight, which seemed to be going in favour of the runner-up for the most part.

But the winner buckled down for Wayne Lordan driving and was just the stronger through the final hundred yards, scoring by a hard-earned neck.

Fozzy Stack did the honours and said: “He’s tough and kept at it. I’m not sure he wants ground as bad as that, it was much worse than at the Curragh (finished second). He’s had two quick runs now, so we’ll see.”

Paddy Prendergast’s hot-pot, Bwana, did the business in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden, but not before giving those who traded a few scary moments.

He was always on the pace, from his plum draw in eight, but had to be hard driven by Declan McDonogh in the closing stages to hold a pair of promising newcomers in Sors and Ellenvelyn.

Reported Prendergast: “He cut it a bit tight for an odds-on shot. Declan said he hated the ground and we won’t be doing that again. He’s really a six furlongs horse, on good ground.”

Dermot Weld’s Elegant Peace, successful on her final outing at Leopardstown last season, made a winning reappearance in the Follow Us On Twitter Handicap.

Truth to tell, she scored with any amount in hand, with Leigh Roche able to sit motionless as Elegant Peace eased clear from over a furlong down.

Kris Weld represented his father and said: “She won at Leopardstown and it’s nice to see her follow up. She handles that soft ground really well.”

Weld was on the mark again, this time with Pat Smullen in the plate, when Tahaany kept finding to beat Tirghra by half a length in the Fillies Race.

The third, Dance With Another, was squeezed for room with under a furlong to cover and a stewards’ inquiry was soon called.

But she was dropping away at the time and an alteration to the placings was never the remotest possibility.

Said Kris Weld: “That was a good performance, she was the only one of the three who hadn’t run this season. The logical step now is to go for black type.”

And it was Weld again, Smullen also did the driving, with the hugely impressive newcomer, Ebeyina, in the Blackwater Fillies Maiden.

This was an ordinary contest, but the daughter of Oasis Dream exploded through the last two furlongs to score by 23 lengths.

Said Weld junior: “She has been backward, who knows what sort of race it was! She is not a filly we will be in a rush to run back soon.”

Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning, fresh from a four-timer at Gowran Park on Saturday, were on the mark again when Sun On The Run took the Mallow Handicap.

Given a typically powerful drive by Manning, the well-backed favourite showed much greater resolution through the final furlong than runner-up, the blinkered and hooded Srucahan.

Only four went to post for the Cork Racecourse Handicap, with victory going to the 12-1 outsider, Thrilled To Bits.

Partnered by Niall McCullagh and trained at Caledon, Co Tyrone by Andrew Oliver, the daughter of Tagula edged on with a furlong to travel to easily beat Danehill Brook.

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