Wayne Lordan, who went on to a treble, wasn’t hanging about on favourite in the five-furlong contest and had her smartly away from the stalls in order to grab the important rails berth, and she was soon bowling along in front in her preferred easy underfoot conditions.
She burned off the opposition one by one and only outsider Master Speaker posed a threat, but he was beaten off from the furlong pole and Scream Blue Murder passed the post with a comfortable length and three-quarters in hand.
The trainer’s son Fozzy said: “She was entitled to win — the conditions suited her, and we’ll strike now for the Ballyogan Stakes. Wayne said the ground is only barely soft and that it’s more yielding. She likes to get her toe in.”
Lordan made it two on David Wachman’s three-year-old Tango Time (8-1), who showed her disappointing run at the track last time was all wrong as she scorched clear from the two pole to beat favourite Hudson’s Bay by four lengths in the one-mile Follow Us On Facebook Maiden.
The jockey reported: “She ran well the first day but I probably made too much use of her the last day when the ground was a bit better. The plan was to take my time today and I actually got there too soon. I think that’s her right trip though. She went to the line well.”
Lordan’s treble came up when Eddie Lynam’s Eighteen Summers (9-1), who built up a six-length lead in mid-race, kept on bravely to take the Follow Cork Racecourse On Twitter Handicap in a three-way thriller, holding Lucky Bridle by half a length.
There was a winner for Joseph O’Brien on his 21st birthday when his father Aidan’s 11-8 favourite Just Gorgeous nabbed the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden by a short head on the line from long-time leader Ode To Psyche.
Pat Smullen led all the way to take the Cork Racecourse Handicap on Sean Byrne’s 11-4 favourite Lean And Keen, keeping a bit up his sleeve to beat off all-comers down the straight for a length-and-a-half victory.
The trainer said: “I was a bit afraid of the ground, but he handled it great. He’s a real honest horse and Pat says that he has such early pace. He’s never run a bad race and we’ll look for something in Galway now.”
Declan McDonogh found big trouble when trying to challenge on Ado McGuinness’s Beau Satchel (18-1) in the Social Package Handicap, but despite being stopped he still found time to burst through and win by half a length in the shadow of the post.
The trainer said: “He was going to the field after this if he ran badly. He’s been one of the most disappointing horses I’ve ever had in that he’s shown plenty at home but he’s been so disappointing. We’ve had him two years and we were getting fed up with him. He wants a cut in the ground.”