Stack double lights up Leopardstown

Tommy Stack’s whirlwind start to the new Flat campaign continued with a 571/2-1 double at Leopardstown.

Tommy Stack’s whirlwind start to the new Flat campaign continued with a 571/2-1 double at Leopardstown.

Fresh from a massive four-timer at the Curragh the previous Sunday, the Cashel trainer landed the feature Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes with Noll Wallop (7-2).

Brought wide by Wayne Lordan in the straight, the High Chaparral colt burst clear to win by three-and-a-half lengths from Aidan O’Brien’s Viscount Nelson with Famous Warrior third.

He was introduced into the betting for the Irish 2,000 Guineas at 14-1 by William Hill.

Lordan said: “He’s always worked well since he was a two-year-old but this was a step up from his maiden win.

“We weren’t sure about that, but we knew he’d stay well and he handles the ground. We were just hoping for a big run and he delivered well today.

“He deserves a crack at the Guineas after that. He’s an improving horse, so if he improves a bit more that will do.

“The horses are in good order, let’s hope they keep going.”

Fozzy Stack, son and assistant to the winning trainer, added: “The Irish Guineas wasn’t a consideration until about 10 minutes ago.

“The Irish Guineas and the Irish Derby could be the route we take and the Dante would also be a consideration.”

Stack and Lordan doubled up when Mister Carter (12-1) made a winning debut in the Foxrock (C&G) Maiden.

Jim Crowley’s decision to travel from England for just one ride paid off with victory on Lady Springbank (8-1) in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes.

The filly, trained by Paul Deegan, powered clear of the opposition early in the straight to take the Group Three contest from the staying-on Duchess Of Foxland with Crystal Gal third.

O’Brien’s Famous faded disappointingly out of the picture while Investec Oaks favourite You’ll Be Mine never featured.

Lady Springbank began her career with Karl Burke but the filly joined Deegan due to Burke’s current suspension and ended her juvenile campaign by taking the Group Three C.L. Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh.

Crowley said: “It was a good performance and she loves that ground. That’s the key to her.

“They went a nice even gallop and another furlong wouldn’t be a problem to her at all.

“She’s worth a try in Group One company, without a doubt.

Deegan added: “That was a good performance and she did it well.

“This was the plan if she was ready and I think she’ll improve for today. She is a high-class filly.

“She’ll go straight for the Irish Guineas now.”

Philario made a bold bid to give Deegan and owner Mark Gittins a quick double by trying to make all in the Leopardstown Aertel Page 277 Handicap.

The five-year-old, blinkered for the first time, was only collared just inside the final furlong by Baglioni (3-1).

Kevin Prendergast’s charge, ridden by Chris Hayes, went on to score by a length.

“It is good for a three-year-old to be able to beat the older horses at this stage. We’ll see if we can find a Listed race for him now,” said Prendergast.

Fran Berry had his first winner as new stable jockey to John Oxx when partnering Hazarafa (13-2) in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Promoted to the number one spot following the retirement of Mick Kinane, Berry enjoyed a smooth success on the Aga Khan-owned three-year-old.

Declan McDonogh was another in double form when taking the final two races on Take It Easee (9-2) and Little Arrows (9-2 favourite).

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