Ballydoyle runners dominated the finish of the featured Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes on a high-class card in Mallow, and it was the lesser fancied of the two, Best In The World, who prevailed under Colm O’Donoghue, beating stablemate Somehow by a neck.
Both were patiently ridden, as More Mischief set the tempo. But, when the field turned for home the eventual first and second began to make their moves.
Somehow slipped through along the inside and looked booked for victory until Best In The World, brought around the outside, responded particularly well to the urgings of O’Donoghue to snatch victory in the dying strides.
“She ran a very good race at the Curragh the last day, and was a bit unlucky,” said O’Brien. “They’re two good fillies, with strong form.
“There was a nice bit of pace on, she got the trip well, and I’d say the nice bit of ground suited. The ground was beautiful — it’s amazing how much the ground dried out from yesterday.”
Rose De Pierre maintained her unbeaten record to give trainer Dermot Weld back-to-back victories in the listed Platinum Stakes.
Pat Smullen, perhaps the most adept rider in the art of getting his mount across from a wide draw, steered the 7-4 chance into second position early without unnecessarily expending energy.
Sent to challenge In My Pocket on the turn into the straight, she mastered that rival a furlong out, and always looked to be doing more than enough to deny the late rush of Flight Risk.
“It’s nice to win it back to back,” said trainer’s son Kris Weld. “She’s unbeaten in three starts but is still learning her trade. As she gets older she might get a bit further, but right now we’ll stick to a mile.”
The daughter of three-time Group 3 winner and former Irish Leger runner-up Profound Beauty appeared to idle in front, but the result was never in doubt.
“She did something similar at the Curragh — but I think she dosses a bit, and then takes off again when she needs to,” added Weld.
“She’s a beautifully bred filly, a very kind filly. We’ll give her a little break now and freshen her up, and find a group race for her before the end of the year. I hope she’ll stay in training next year, as her mother improved with racing and she will too.”
Trainer John Oxx reported the step up to six furlongs to have benefited his Born To Be when the 7-1 chance came out on top in opening Irish Stallions Farms EBF maiden in the hands of Declan McDonogh.
Ridden to lead a furlong and a half out, he stayed on strongly to beat promising newcomer Mack Attack and, in the process, become the second winner in Ireland for his sire, former Irish Derby runner-up Born To Sea.
“The trip was ideal for him and they went fast enough for him to settle,” said Oxx. “If he settled he could be a nice horse over seven furlongs.”
Going in the opposite direction trip-wise was Denis Hogan’s Tithonus, a winner over seven furlongs at Galway on Saturday, and he produced a plucky performance when following up in the first division of the 45-65 handicap over six-furlongs under Gary Halpin.
Botanical Lady came with a late rush down the far side to take the second division for trainer Harry Rogers and jockey Wayne Lordan.
Indrahar, a Raven’s Pass filly having just the fifth start of her career, took the fillies’ handicap in good style.
Second from an early stage, she was given a clever ride by Shane Foley, who left it late to ask his mount to put the race to bed. When given the office, she did it a shade comfortably.
Winning trainer Michael Halford said: “It was just her second run of the year — she took time to come to hand, but she’s very, very tough, and genuine.
“When Shane asked her to go and win it, she quickened nicely.”
The best finish of the night came in the apprentice handicap, in which a strong effort in the saddle by Oisin Orr aboard the Richard Brabazon-trained Korbous just foiled a terrific ride from the front by Keith Moriarty, on Prince Jock.
Said Brabazon: “We’re thrilled with that because he’s a horse that has had a lot of trouble over the years, but he always comes back. We thought he was in great form, and were pretty hopeful.
"Oisin rode one hell of a race. You’ve got to leave it late as he’s a horse that will stop in front because he’ll think he’s done enough.”
John Joe Walsh took the closing race with Fly Round The Bend, ridden by Rory Cleary. The five-year-old was a first winner on the level for owner Christopher Buckley, who had his first National Hunt winner in November with Copy Print.
“She was a bit unlucky a couple of times she ran, but Rory gave her a very good ride. He did very well to get in from the draw,” said Walsh.
Entry to the track was in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys’ Fund and the Mercy Hospital Foundation, and €5,000 was raised on the gate, which will be divided amongst the two charities.
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