Leezie Lindsay emulates dam with Cork Oaks win

Like mother, like daughter at Curraheen Park on Saturday night as Leezie Lindsay emulated her dam, Smoke Pixie, by taking the final of the Pat Hennerty Sales Cork Oaks for Francie Murray and owner Howard Wallace.
Leezie Lindsay emulates dam with Cork Oaks win

The 3-1 chance is better over further than the 525 yards of this race, and didn’t do her chance and help when leaving traps awkwardly. Last on the approach to the bend, she moved into third place as some of the leading bunch bumped.

Showing off her backstraight pace, she quickened up along the inside rail to lead at halfway, and ran on well to beat the staying-on Phone Lizzie by a length and a half, in a very smart 28.28, with Happy Endings in third.

Said Francis Murray, assistant trainer: “Cork is a great track, and she runs it very well. She won the Macroom Motor Services Stakes here, over 575 yards, and that’s probably her favourite distance.

“I knew if she got some sort of a run down the back she would do a big run, because she would be finishing like a train. She’s a real little star – it’s great to have one like her.

“Her mother won the Oaks here, so it’s great that she has now done it too. Breeding pays in the end. It’s great for Howard (Wallace, owner), he breeds so many, and is a fantastic supporter of the game.

“We’ll aim Leezie Lindsay at the Sporting Press Oaks at Shelbourne next.”

Of Fair Taxes, who won his semi-final of the Scottish Derby on Saturday night, Murray added: “He’s a brilliant dog – everyone knows that. He wasn’t getting the rub of the green at Shelbourne. He is loving Shawfield and hopefully we will have another big night next weekend.”

On the undercard the heats of the Two Wheel Training A2 525 featured, and it looks a red-hot stake. Dims Boy, owned by Paddy Barrett, made all to take the first heat in 28.53, while Wideawakejohn led between the opening bends before stretching clear to take the second heat for trainer Johnny Linehan, in 28.80.

Razldazl Oisin, trained by Dolores Ruth, made a successful Curraheen debut when leading all the way to take the third heat in 28.56, while the Kieran Lynch-trained Sandman Sonny made all to take the final heat in 28.57.

John O’Shea’s Glaise Jet looked a sprinter of considerable promise when taking the first of the night’s two-bend races in a flying 17.47. Off a level break, he quickened up stylishly to lead clear to the bend, and stayed on powerfully to score by ten lengths. An August pup by Vans Escalade out of Bling Bling Plum, he was having just his third start, and can surely only improve from this.

Jerry Burke’s Jane Pursuit took the opener by a wide margin, in 28.83, while Kathleen O’Mahony’s Any Kisses stayed on strongly to beat favourite Midian Mink by a length and a half in 29.98, in an A2 550.

In the night’s first sprint Bengour Spirit edged out Rebel Hope by half a length, in 17.92, while Lavan Lad, trained by Christy Corcoran for Ned and Denis Fitzgerald, battled bravely to deny Madra Deas by the minimum margin, in 28.73, in an open 525.

The night’s action closed with Whitty Elijah leading all the way to beat Knockard James by three and a half lengths, in 28.62.

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