Bolger makes his Mark at Fairyhouse

Whip Mark made it third time lucky when getting off the mark in the Ratoath Maiden at Fairyhouse today.

Whip Mark made it third time lucky when getting off the mark in the Ratoath Maiden at Fairyhouse today.

Kevin Manning always had the 7-4 favourite well-placed as Prayer Boat took the field along and he hit the front inside the final furlong.

Whip Mark withstood the late challenge of Phoebe Van Gelder by half a length with Prayer Boat third.

Trainer Jim Bolger's representative Ger Flynn said: "Kevin said the step up to seven would help. He stayed on well and he is a full-brother to Roches Cross that won in Listowel in June.

"He is progressive and he is coming along physically and mentally. We'll see how the handicapper treats him now."

Aidan O'Brien saddled Look At Me (7-2) to make a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) Maiden.

Johnny Murtagh sent the two-year-old daughter of Danehill Dancer into the lead a furlong from home after Daisyanabelle had set the pace.

Despite showing signs of greenness, she kept on strongly to score by a length and three-quarters from Shelley Beach with Vasoni third.

Murtagh said: "She's a nice one that and showed a great turn of foot despite being very green. She is one of the nicest two-year-olds I've ridden this year and she has a big future."

Trainer Tom Cleary greeted his first winner for 14 months when Bendzoldan sprang a 20-1 surprise in the Enable Ireland North East Nursery Handicap.

Leading two furlongs out, Davy Moran's mount stayed on gamely to beat Brookley Lady by a neck with Big Bad Tyson a length and a half away.

Cleary said: "A winner at last! We were hoping she'd run well as she has been working very well at home.

"We knew she'd like the soft ground and she stays at it and is very tough. Davy gave her a great ride and hopefully she'll be able to win another race like that."

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