Edelmira continues Weld’s terrific season

Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen continued their terrific season when Edelmira landed the Group 3 Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork last night.

Edelmira continues Weld’s terrific season

A daughter of Peintre Celebre and unraced as a juvenile, she was having only the third outing of her life and is clearly one for the future.

Edelmira made a fine start when taking her maiden on soft ground at Tipperary, but was subsequently all at sea, on a firm surface, when sixth of seven behind Venus De Milo on this track.

Said Smullen: “I was very impressed, I was adamant here the last day that she wouldn’t let herself down on the ground. She showed a great turn of foot, but is ground dependent.”

Favourite, Tarana, was kicked on nearing half way by Declan McDonogh and held a healthy advantage early in the straight.

But she soon began to struggle and Smullen then produced the winner in the centre of the track to sweep ahead inside the furlong pole and beat Dark Crusader and Shell House,

Kris Weld represented his father and said: “There is a Group 2 for fillies and mares at Longchamp on ’Arc weekend and it’s a possibility.”

The Listed Platinum Stakes cut up badly, with four non-runners. That left Ger Lyons’ Brendan Brackan as the odds-on favourite and he made no mistake.

Carrying the colours of Qatar Racing for the first time, the admirable five-year-old made every yard of the running.

Witches Brew momentarily threatened danger about a furlong from home, but Brendan Brackan kept up a relentless gallop and crossed the line comfortably clear.

“He’s running for new owners now and that’s very important”, said Lyons. “He will go for the Desmond Stakes (Leopardstown) next week and is a rock solid Group 3 horse.

“The owners made some very fancy entries for him this morning and the plan it to have fun, go pot-hunting and to try and win some big money.”

Michael Halford’s Sea Coast was best for money in the ITBA Working For Southern Region Breeders’ Fillies Handicap, 3-1 to 9-4 favourite, and duly obliged.

She was the recipient of the full Shane Foley treatment, however, before getting the best of a sustained battle with Antique Platinum, the verdict a hard earned half a length.

“She is very genuine, all she wants to do is please you”, reported Halford. “She got through the ground, although wouldn’t necessarily like it.

“She is progressing and has lots of size and scope. We might try her in a Listed race before the season ends.”

Tommy Stack’s Blackbriar, who had been a little disappointing, put it all together to easily win the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden.

She found plenty for Wayne Lordan from the furlong pole to power through the rain-softened ground and beat I Will Excel by four and three parts of a length.

I Will Excel was drawn on the far side of the track and ran fast throughout. But he hung badly towards the stands in the closing stages and that was no help.

A Listed race at the Curragh will be next for Blackbriar, according to Stack’s son, Fozzy.

David Marnane’s Full Steam Ahead lived up to his name when doing just that to run away with the Family Day Out Maiden.

Confidently handled by Connor King, he cruised ahead about two furlongs down to score with lots in hand. The Rock Of Gibraltar gelding hadn’t run since April and Marnane commented: “He’s a lovely horse, who has had a few niggling problems and would prefer better ground.”

Carlow trainer, Jane Foley, who scored with Surreal at Galway, was on the mark again when Suburban Sky streaked away with the five furlongs Ticket Sales Online Apprentice Handicap.

Ridden by Aidan O’Brien 18-year-old daughter, Ana, Suburban Sky had this won a long way from home. For Ms O’Brien is was an 11th success.

Said Foley: “That was brilliant, we were unsure about her handling the ground. She is very versatile, there are no plans.”

Aidan’s son, Joseph, guided Eugene O’Sullivan’s Aussie Guest to a smooth success in the Bet Online With thetote.com Handicap

O’Brien came down the centre of the track, where the best of the ground was, and Aussie Guest did the rest, surging clear from the two furlong pole.

“Joseph liked the horse and said there are more days in him”, reported O’Sullivan.

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