Duarigle Darwin edges closer to Champion Stakes spot

Duarigle Darwin, winner of the Ballyarthur Stakes at Fermoy and Grange meeting at the beginning of the season, collected the all-age Agnes O’Brien Cup at Blarney, yesterday after being declared the winner when Young Dilemma was withdrawn from the decider.

Duarigle Darwin edges closer to Champion Stakes spot

This victory should guarantee him a spot in the Champion Stakes in Clonmel at the end of next month.

The Denis O’Driscoll trained Kilara Cuban was an impressive winner of the Derby Trial Stake when accounting for Memphis Rebel by six lengths in the final.

Unfortunately a wandering hare ensured he suffered a bit of a dusting and that will surely militate against his chances in the Derby at the National meeting.

The Oaks was a closely contested affair up until the final which went to the Barry Lynch trained Satriani, a very impressive six lengths winner over the more fancied Bank Giro.

Meanwhile Tobar Na Molt, owned and trained in Ardfert, Co. Kerry by Johnathan Best and Michael Collins, created a big upset when taking the Kingdom Cup and the E 3,500 purse at Ballybeggan Park, Tralee yesterday.

A trial stake winner at Lixnaw last season, she won all age events at Listowel and Lixnaw this season.

She was a class apart over the weekend , showing pace and stamina in all courses. She will be well fancied to take the Grace Bruton Champion Stake in February.

The outsider at 2-1 in the final against the 1-5 favourite, Kyle Roger, she came from behind to beat the Limerick-owned dog by three lengths at the turn.

The northern kennel of Brendan Matthews collected another Derby ticket with Wallace Banner, a semi-finalist at Carlow last month.

His final opponent was the Dan O’Connor/Paddy Herlihy owed La Marsellaise who ran up the trail stake at Lixnaw last month.

Skibbereen trainer Dennis O’Driscoll turned out the Ballyduff owned Downton Minnie to win the Oaks Trial Stake at her fifth time of asking.

She was always in control in the final, having three lengths to spare at the top of the field over Candy Light.

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