Ainippe relishes step up to seven furlongs

Ger Lyons is looking to the future with Ainippe after she relished the step up to seven furlongs to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse yesterday.

Ainippe relishes step up to seven furlongs

The County Meath trainer is thinking of the Park Stakes at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting in September and possibly the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown 12 months after that following the three-year-old filly’s strike for owners Qatar Racing.

Previously successful in a Group Three over six furlongs, Ainippe landed her second victory in this grade as she accounted for recent Godolphin buy Majestic Queen in cosy fashion.

James Doyle sent the Tracey Collins-trained even-money favourite to the front a quarter of a mile out, only for Colin Keane to conjure a strong bid out of Ainippe (3-1) to land the spoils by a length and a half.

“She’s a little diamond to have in the yard. I never thought she was just a five- or six-furlong horse,” said Lyons.

“She was off her feet early doors, but she tries her heart out and gives you everything. I brought her here to see what she would be like over the trip.

“If she stays in training next year she could step up to a mile and aim for something like the Matron Stakes.

“I’m not sure where she will go next, although the Group Three Park Stakes could be a possibility.”

Lyons and Keane were completing a quick double after taking the previous race with Trinity Force (7-4 favourite) in the Summer Ladies Day Handicap for the third year running.

Successful with Greek Canyon in the two previous renewals of the corresponding race, Trinity Force got home by half a length from Captain Cullen in a blanket finish.

Lyons said: “He had a wind operation over the winter and it’s great to get his confidence back. It’s nice to get the wheels back on the wagon, and he’ll go to the horses-in-training sale at the end of the year.”

Fit For Function (11-2) and jockey Gary Carroll escaped injury when parting company shortly after the line when winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden.

Fit For Function lost his footing on the slippery turf caused by rain on top of good to firm ground after showing a good turn of foot to open his account by three-quarters of a length from Lady Allegra.

Trainer Joe Murphy said: “It was just one of those things. The ground is a bit slippy after the rain and he just jinked a bit. I don’t know how to rate him on that but he’ll be going for a nursery.”

Frozen Lake (11-4) got off the mark at the eighth attempt when making virtually all the running for Declan McDonogh in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden by half a length from Zylan.

Despite being pressed from the outset by Zylan, John Oxx’s gelding kept going all the way to the line to get the verdict by half a length. Griko was just behind in third place.

Oxx said: “He’s been running well and consistent and in his only poor run a horse collided with him at Leopardstown.

“He’s a tough, genuine, sound horse over seven furlongs or a mile and will go for a handicap next.”

David Wachman’s Gussy Goose (6-4 favourite), who had beaten Frozen Lake on her previous start, followed up with a hard-fought verdict by three-quarters of a length over Mzuri in the Book For Premier Jumps Weekend Handicap under Fran Berry.

Wachman said: “She seems to be improving. The second horse really put it up to her and Fran gave her a good ride. She’ll go for another handicap.”

Mick Halford’s veteran Paddy The Celeb (9-1) rolled back the years when winning for the first time since August 2013, holding off Waydownsouth in the Cheaper Tickets Online At Handicap.

“The handicapper gave him some relief, and the 7lb off was a big help. Conor (McGovern) was very cool on him and, for an older horse, he still has plenty of enthusiasm,” said Halford.

“Conor kept his head and waited for the gap to appear. He may have a spin over hurdles next and as long as he’s enjoying it he’ll keep going.”

Archangel Raphael (13-8) outpointed stablemate Outspoken to give Aidan O’Brien a one-two in the three-runner Children Under 18 Free Everyday At Fairyhouse Rated Race.

Joseph O’Brien dictated affairs on the son of Montjeu, who pulled out more in the closing stages.

“He’s quite laid-back and the cheekpieces were a help. It was never really in doubt and he won snug at the line,” said the jockey.

“A mile and a half is no problem to him, and I’d say he’ll get further in time.”

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