Rabatash impresses at the Curragh

Rabatash benefited from a confident Wayne Lordan ride to run out a most convincing winner of the Go and Go Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh.

Rabatash benefited from a confident Wayne Lordan ride to run out a most convincing winner of the Go and Go Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh.

Lordan was always prominent aboard the David Wachman-trained juvenile and settled him just in behind the early pace before cruising into the lead as the field entered the final two furlongs.

When asked to go and win his race approaching the distance, the 4-1 second-favourite readily drew clear of Aidan O’Brien’s Chivalrous, who stayed on well to take second, albeit three lengths behind the impressive winner.

Dushinka made good late progress from the rear to claim third in the Group Three contest at odds of 8-1.

“That is always what the horse has promised – he has always shown us plenty at home. He’s big and weak and he’ll be a nice horse next season,” Wachman said.

“He’ll probably have one more run, we’ll throw him in at the deep somewhere and see what happens.”

Ted Durcan conjured a strong finish from Blessyourpinksox to lift the Dance Design Stakes.

Peter Casey’s mare had been held up in the early stages before being asked to take closer order as the field approached the final half-mile.

Durcan, deputising for the delayed Neil Callan, brought the 3-1 favourite with a strong run down the centre of the track and she took up the running inside the last 100 yards.

Despite Pat Smullen coaxing a similarly power-packed finish from Ardbrae Lady (13-2), Blessyourpinksox responded gamely for pressure and held on by a neck.

Missisipi Star, 16-1, had been prominent throughout the early exchanges and stuck on well to take third.

Francis Casey, the trainer’s son and assistant, said: “She did it well and Ted Durcan rode to instructions as they went a fast early pace.

“She’s a good mare and we’ll probably aim for the Blandford Stakes back here (September 19). She likes this track.”

Willie Supple galvanised a tremendous late run from Miss Beatrix to lift a thrilling renewal of the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Kevin Prendergast’s juvenile, sent off at 14-1, was held up in last place in the early stages but found an impressive change of gear when asked to pick up the leaders.

Alexander Tango briefly looked set to score when bursting through to lead at the furlong-pole but she was then passed by Mick Channon’s Silca Chiave (12-1) with 100 yards left to run.

Despite that filly responding gamely for pressure, she was unable to hold the fast-finishing winner, who nosed ahead under the shadows of the post to claim a short-head triumph.

Supposition, the 7-2 favourite, ran right to the line to claim third, a further length behind the first two.

“She should have been second in the Phoenix Stakes but she didn’t follow the leader through and when I saw the sixth (Rabatash) win the Group Three here today I thought she must have a big chance,” Prendergast said.

“She’ll go for the Goffs sales race for the fillies next.”

Supple added: “I always thought we were going to get there. The boss has done a wonderful job because she has been bit free and she settled better today.

“I’m delighted because we had a good partnership for years.”

Quinmaster defied joint top-weight to land a hat-trick in the €100,000 ladbrokes.com European Breeders Fund Irish Cambridgeshire.

Johnny Murtagh always had the four-year-old towards the head of affairs and sent him clear with just over a furlong to run.

The pursuing cavalry loomed large as the winning line approached but the 6-1 second-favourite dug deep into his reserves to repel fast-finishing 16-1 shot Fields Of Joy.

Despite his best efforts, he was unable to overhaul the winner and went down by a rapidly diminishing neck, while King Of Tory (12-1) sustained his challenge to take third.

Latino Magic, also returned at 12-1, ran a solid race to grab fourth.

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