A beaten favourite when very keen here last time, Red Rannagh appeared to appreciate a change of tactics, making most of the running before prevailing by a short-head from persistent challenger Ebadan, with British raider Twobeelucky back in third.
The Teofilo colt is trained by Willie Browne, represented last night by his brother Michael, who explained: “He had a very good run at the Curragh (second to Black Sea), but was a bit free here the last day. He’s a big horse and will take time to develop and strengthen. But we think he’s a reasonably good horse. He should make a good three-year-old.”
Wayne Lordan completed an early double on Victorious Spirit in the five-furlong, two-year-old maiden and Bittern, which provided trainer Emmet Mullins with his first flat success, in the featured Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap.
Third on her debut over six furlongs here, the Tommy Stack-trained Victorious Spirit showed signs of inexperience before seeing off La Fleur De Force by three-quarters of a length, prompting Lordan to comment: “She’s still green and lugged left a bit. But she’s a nice filly, with plenty of pace. She had a nice first run and we knew dropping back to five furlongs wouldn’t be a problem. She’s still learning, so there should be more improvement to come.”
Lordan followed-up when Bittern, formerly trained for Godolphin by Charlie Appleby, got the better of Ringside Humour in the mile and a half handicap.
A delighted Mullins (who was recording his second training success), stated: “She’s a tough and hardy three-year-old filly to get a mile and a half so well. She’s a filly with a nice pedigree and we’ll stay on the flat with her.”
“Like humans, horses can have an off day and that’s what must have happened the last day – we checked her out afterwards and could find nothing wrong,” explained Tracey Collins after her speedy filly Chiclet made all under Pat Smullen to win the five-furlong handicap, her third success on the polytrack. The winning trainer added: “She has so much pace and loves it around here. She was healthy and well, so we came back quickly. I suppose I’ll have to look through the programme book to find something else for her here.”
Dropping back to six furlongs and blinkered for the first time, Bairns At Bay, trained by Ger Lyons, earned a valuable winning bracket when making most of the running in the Crowne Plaza Maiden. Ridden by Colin Keane, the daughter of Big Bad Bob had to dig deep to repel the challenge of Stamp Of Authority before edging clear to score by two lengths.
Apprentice Conor McGovern continued in good form, partnering the well-backed Empresario to victory in the first division of the 47-65 handicap.
The versatile six-year-old, whose last win came over fences at the Galway Festival, made all and held the late challenge of favourite Artiste Celebre by a half-length.
Wayne Lordan, who had completed an early double, went on to make it a treble on the night when Reckless Lad justified late support (3/1 to 5/2) in the concluding seven furlong handicap.