Cruise for easy to back Nouveau

Dermot Weld’s Vintage Nouveau, fourth on her debut at Dundalk, cruised to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden at Clonmel last night.

Cruise for easy to back  Nouveau

She was all the rage in the morning, but very easy to back on track, finding evens from early offers of 4-7. Racing in the first two throughout, the daughter of Montjeu eased on with over a furlong to go to beat the well backed, but less than enthusiastic, Westpieser by five lengths.

Said Smullen: “That was a good opportunity. She handled the ground well, it is very testing, much softer than I expected. We will be looking at a handicap now, hopefully.”

The layers got a screamer in the five-runner West Gate Median Auction Maiden, with victory going to the total outsider, the 25-1 shot, Tonton Macoute.

He was pushed ahead early in the straight by Declan McDonogh and had no trouble holding the challenge of Prussian Eagle.

The son of Yeats is trained by Patrick Prendergast, who said: “He’s a jump horse, stays and goes on the ground. He will win hurdle races that lad.”

Jim Bolger’s Stirabout went off favourite and ran at the front, with the eventual winner, but dropped out in a matter of strides when asked to go on.

Bolger’s Chance To Dance was an uneasy market leader for the Fethard Maiden, but scored with plenty in hand. Kevin Manning produced him to lead over a furlong down and the Teofilo gelding lengthened away in a matter of strides.

Ger Flynn represented Bolger and reported: “Kevin says he’s a very versatile horse and will get a mile and a half after that.”

Danequest was backed from 9-2 to 11-4, in the Free Admission For Ladies May 22nd Handicap, but went under by a length to Tim Doyle’s Killourney Empress.

Chris Hayes, who partnered Danquest, will not look back on the contest with any great relish, one presumes. He brought his charge wide down hill to the home turn and ended up against the stands’ rail.

In the meantime, Billy Lee was travelling a far shorter route on the eventual winner, on the far side, and that was to prove decisive. Commented Doyle: “Things are going well, long may it continue. She might head to Killarney next week.”

Newellen, having just a second outing for John Oxx, went off a heavily backed favourite for what looked a fiercely competitive Tipperary Perpetual Cup and duly obliged.

Strongly handled by Niall McCullagh, the four-year-old battled on doggedly in the closing stages to get the better of the flattering Waydownsouth.

Slim O’Neill did the honours for Oxx and said: “We were worried about the ground, even though she is by Montjeu. She is a very good mover.”

The maiden Abby Cadabby cropped up at 16-1, for Chris Hayes, in the Ladies Evening At Clonmel Races May 22nd Handicap.

Hayes forced her into the lead under two furlongs from home and she was always holding Empress Toorah. Said Hayes: “She’s a nice filly, I was worried her mark was too high.”

Gordon Elliott’s Seismic was a decent order for the Main Guard Handicap, 7-1 to 7-2 favourite, and did the business, under an excellent Wayne Lordan drive.

Lordan drove the winner ahead with more than two furlongs to go and Seismic answered the call to beat the running on Roisin Dubh.

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