Timeless Call takes victory in Cork

Timeless Call secured the second Listed success of her career in the Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork.

Timeless Call takes victory in Cork

Timeless Call secured the second Listed success of her career in the Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork.

The Reginald Roberts-trained mare was always in a nice position in the hands of Pat Smullen, whose companion jousted with An Saighdiur for a long way in the five-furlong dash.

Timeless Call won that battle a furlong and a half from home and quickly stamped her authority on proceedings towards the near-side rail.

Jamesie gave chase late on, but he could not find the acceleration to get by the 8-1 scorer, who seized the day by half a length.

British challenger Eton Rifles, the 2-1 favourite, failed to show his true form.

Venus De Milo emphatically returned to form in the Munster Oaks.

Last season's Irish and Yorkshire Oaks runner-up was well beaten in the Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown on his return to action nine days ago.

Suitably energised by that pipe-opener, it all came together nicely in this Group Three over a mile and a half.

Joseph O'Brien played a cute waiting game aboard Venus De Milo, who was held up alongside Edelmira, the disappointing 6-4 favourite, as Dazzling and Cristal Fashion took the field along.

O'Brien's partner made striking gains at the top of the home straight and galloped strongly into the lead a furlong and a half from home.

Venus De Milo (5-2) determinedly stuck to his guns on the far rail to convincingly account for stablemate Dazzling.

Joseph O'Brien said: "She wants very quick ground and ground is a big thing to her.

"She still looked a bit heavy today but she did it well and it was nice to get a win with her.

"She might step back into Group One company now over a mile and a half on fast ground."

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