Debutant Buenos Y Bobos turned over Ballydoyle hot-pot General Marshall in the six-furlong two-year-old maiden. A Big Bad Bob gelding, the 14/1 shot found plenty when tackled by the favourite, which came from mid-division to challenge, and won cosily by a half-length, prompting Shane Lyons to comment: “We’ve always thought he was nice, but he’s very green and we knew coming here that he’d come on a good bit from the run.
“He’ll go for the seven-furlong listed race at Dundalk now (the €47,500 Star Appeal Stakes on Friday week, October 10.”
The Lyons/Keane partnership struck again when Chocolate Diamond (100/30) made all and stayed on dourly to beat Trade Marked in the ten-furlong claimer.
And the 519/1 Glenburnie treble was completed when Azurite proved best in the Like Fairyhouse On Facebook Handicap, staying on strongly to beat Coolfighter by a length and a half.
Azurite is owned by Sean Jones, the yard’s chief patron for many years, who arrived in time to see the Azamour gelding triumph, having been busy, with his trainer, at the Orby Sales in Goffs earlier, where they made three purchases.
Out of luck with favourite Whitey O’Gwaun in the handicap won by Azurite, Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen were successful earlier with 2/5 favourite Katimavik, in the familiar Moyglare colours, in the seven-furlong maiden.
The Invincible Spirit colt’s experience proved crucial in the closing stages as he beat debutante Sirikoi by two lengths.
The aptly-named top-weight Cailin Mor, trained by Joanna Morgan, captured the six-furlong nursery in the colours of David Brennan, racing prominently throughout and running on well for Ronan Whelan to beat No Way Jack by three-quarters of a length.
“She’s a big, improving filly, with a huge frame,” commented the trainer.
Very unlucky in Listowel, the Eddie Lynam-trained Break My Mind, gained compensation in the concluding fillies maiden, wearing down Lettre Du Cachet inside the final furlong to score by a length and a half.
Favourite-backers were anxious early in the straight as the runner-up enjoyed a clear lead. But winning rider Billy Lee stressed: “I had plenty of ground to make up, but she picked up well. ”
And local trainer Garvan Donnelly was on the mark when14/1 shot Lily’s Prince (Gary Phillips) captured the Fairyhouse Apprentice Handicap holding off favourite Teeline by a neck.