The three-year-old English Channel colt, second leg of a double for the Weld/Smullen combination, dug deep to see off favourite Tennessee Wildcat by a length, giving Weld his first stakes-race success for American owner-breeder Brad Kelley of Calumet Farms.
A delighted Weld acknowledged: “It was a pleasing performance and I’m very pleased for Calumet – this is my first stakes winner for them. He’s a colt with a good attitude and he needed it, facing older horses for the first time.
“He’s still inexperienced, so there should be plenty of improvement in him.
“I took a chance dropping him back to a mile. A stiff mile at the Curragh would suit him and I might look at the (listed) Celebration Stakes at the Curragh on Derby weekend.”
Weld and Smullen had earlier won the two-year-old colts maiden with 20/1 newcomer Currency Converter, which will return to Leopardstown for the Tyros Stakes next month.
But it was Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning who took the honours, completing a tremendous treble, sparked by Oh Grace in the opening two-year-old fillies maiden.
The impeccably-bred An Cailin Orga, a daughter of Galileo and Finsceal Beo, gained a valuable bracket in the Friends Pf Dublin Football Maiden.
Bolger explained: “She was very sick as a two-year-old and did well to recover. She should keep improving and I’d love to have her next season.”
Mandatrio rounded-off an excellent night for Bolger and Manning when defying top-weight in the stayers’ handicap - he’s bound for the Newmarket July Sales.
Teenage apprentice Sean Davis, from Maynooth, is certainly enjoying his trips to Leopardstown. Having recorded his first success n board Maknificent, for his boss Michael O’Callaghan last Thursday, he struck again on board Total Demolition in the Aslan Apprentice Handicap.
In a race run at a very strong pace, Davis brought the four-year-old, which John Larkin trains for his wife Amanda, with a well-timed challenge on the inside to beat Windsor Beach by two lengths.
- Dermot Weld is still aiming Investec Derby hero Harzand at the Dubai Duty Free-sponsored Irish equivalent despite revealing his stable star returned sore after his Epsom victory.
Ridden by Pat Smullen, Harzand took his record for the year to three from three in beating US Army Ranger by a length and a half, and remains on track for the Curragh on June 25.
Weld said: “Harzand was sore for a few days and had some antibiotics to make sure everything was all right. He was back in light exercise today, just a trot, and is sound and well in every way. We’ll see how he is, but the Curragh is the logical progression as long as the ground there is safe.”
- Michael Stoute’s Cannock Chase has been disqualified from first place at a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary hearing after the horse was found to have a prohibited substance in his system following his victory at Newmarket in September.
And in an unrelated matter, the five-year-old will not run at Royal Ascot next week due to injury.
A urine sample taken after the win in the Listed Sakhee Godolphin Stakes tested positive for O-desmethyltramadol, a metabolite of tramadol, a prohibited pain medication.
Sheena Chohan for the BHA stated that following the positive analysis, BHA officers interviewed Stoute, his staff and service providers at his stables in October last year and found no substances or products on the yard that appeared to contain O-desmethyltramadol or tramadol.
At the time of visiting Stoute’s yard, officers were aware of several other Adverse Analytical Findings of O-desmethyltramadol and/or tramadol in other horses in other yards.
Stoute and his staff were notified that extensive investigations were under way to determine whether there was any commonality between these cases, including in relation to geographical location, feed type used, supplements and additives used, and veterinary practice used.
To date, however, the BHA said it was not in receipt of any evidence to assist in determining the potential source(s) of O-desmethyltramadol in this case or in other cases.