Smullen brings up first century on Brooch

Pat Smullen reached 100 winners in a season for the first time with a double at Gowran Park highlighted by the victory of Brooch in the feature Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes.

Smullen brings up first century on Brooch

Joseph O’Brien set out to make every yard on the Ralph Beckett-trained Regardez, getting serious off the turn.

But Brooch, who had been in close attendance from the off, made it three almost in a line a furlong out, with Akira on the far rail, and just got the better of the argument close home to score by half a length. Odeliz was third for Karl Burke.

Unraced at two and successful in a Listed race at Killarney last time out, having had her first start at the Galway Festival, Dermot Weld’s 11-8 favourite was taking her unbeaten record to three in claiming Group Three honours.

Celebrating his landmark winner, champion jockey-elect Smullen said: “It’s probably more a personal thing than anything. It’s not an easy achievement in Ireland.

“It’s down to the power of the Dermot Weld stable, a good agent and support from a lot of trainers.

“It’s a good achievement and I’m delighted with it.”

Weld said: “That’s wonderful. It’s Pat’s 100th winner of the season and my 15th Group winner this season.

“She has progressed nicely through the ranks, winning her maiden then a Listed race and now a Group race. I imagine that will probably be it for the year. She could develop into a Group One filly next year. The two English fillies she beat have been running at the top level.”

Smullen had moved to within one of the century when Intransive made previous experience count in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund (C & G) Maiden, in the same colours as Brooch.

Given a fine front-running ride, the 9-2 chance was still moving strongly at the head of affairs straightening for home and in the end did it quite nicely, scoring by two lengths from Aloft.

Weld said: “He’s a nice colt and progressed from Roscommon, where he ran a good second.

“Experience was a big help, he had a good draw and got a good ride. He’s a nice progressive two-year-old.

“He’s had three runs, so I’ll speak to Lord Grimthorpe (owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager) and see whether he will run again.”

Together Forever got off the mark at the fourth time of asking with a straightforward success in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained juvenile brought by far the strongest form to the table from those with racecourse experience and was sent off the 8-13 favourite.

Settled handily just off the pace set by Queenlet and Sarah Joyce, the daughter of Galileo hit the front just over two furlongs out and soon put the race to bed, coming five lengths clear of Rivers Of Babylon.

The victory was another boost for Jessica Harrington’s Jack Naylor, who had Together Forever back in third in a Listed race at the Curragh.

O’Brien said: “Joseph was happy with her and said it suited holding on to her a little bit.

“We won’t overdo her. If the ground stays good she might run again, but if it doesn’t she’ll be left off.”

O’Brien’s son Donnacha enjoyed his first success when Quartz struck at Dundalk earlier in the month and the pair repeated the trick in the Rated Race.

O’Brien senior said of the 3-1 joint-favourite: “He quickened up well and looked like he would get further. He could go for a Listed race at Curragh over a mile and a half.”

Succeed And Excel rewarded favourite-backers in division one of the Live Music After Racing Handicap.

The market got it right as Wayne Lordan’s mount swooped a furlong out before holding Crecora by half a length.

Lordan said of the Charles O’Brien-trained 9-2 winner: “He raced lazily behind the bridle. It’s a long straight here and when I got him out he idled a bit.

“He’s a fine, big horse and hopefully he’ll come forward from this.”

Division two went to Zelos Dream (8-1), as Seamus O’Donnell’s mare recorded her second course triumph.

Successful over an extended nine furlongs last month, the seven-year-old dropped to a mile on this occasion but that proved no hindrance as she found extra in front to readily hold the 7-2 market leader Corker Hill, who had looked a major threat with two furlongs to run.

O’Donnell said: “It’s a pity Gowran is finished now as we would have come back. There is not a whole lot else for her.”

In-form Bogardus (11-2) gave Patrick Prendergast and Gary Halpin an all-the-way winner in the Gowran Golf Memberships For 2015 749 Apprentice Handicap, while Tommy Stack’s Salariaq (9-4) was too good in the Powerstown Stud Maiden, providing Lordan with a double.

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