THE featured six furlongs sprint at Cork last night may have been won by a 20-1 shot in the shape of the Patrick Prendergast trained Look Busy, but she did have her supporters in the ring.
Taken for a few quid as high as 28-1, the daughter of Danetime powered home by two lengths in the hands of Chris Hayes. Always on the pace, Look Busy went for glory under two furlongs down and kept up the gallop to easily beat Bay Knight.
Reported Prendergast: “She has so much talent and is very fast, but just gets tired of things. Christy Roche kindly gave us a loan of his pool and she has been swimming and popping poles. A Listed race at Haydock will be next.”
Andrew Oliver’s long journey from Tyrone paid dividends when Flowers Of Spring completed a double for Hayes in the Jason Fallon Live After Racing July 8th Handicap.
“The trip takes five and a quarter hours on a good day and six on a bad day”, said a delighted Oliver.
Flowers Of Spring, having a first outing of the campaign, was impressive, quickening in style to score with plenty in reserve.
Continuing Oliver said: “She has won over a mile and two and a mile and a half and we wouldn’t mind stepping her up to a mile and six. She improved last season and has improved again.”
Billy Lee, who rode Final Flashback in this contest, was suspended for two days for improper riding.
Top weight The Munster Maori was desperately unlucky in the Mallow Town Summer BBQ Evening July 8th Handicap.
He was right in contention, and cantering, when his saddle slipped with about half a furlong to run depositing jockey, Johnny Killehena, to the turf.
Eventual winner, Amour Fou, took full advantage, easing away to score by a length and three parts.
Amour Fou landed a little touch, from 33-1 to 12’s, and heads next to the Curragh for another handicap.
Ben Curtis, who partnered the second, Crowned Supreme, in this contest, was found guilty of using his whip with excessive frequency and suspended for one day.
Some major wagers went west with the defeat of David Wachman’s Crystal Highness in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden.
Second behind live Epsom Oaks contender Wonder Of Wonders at Tipperary, she was taken as high as 15-8 in the morning and returned at 8-11.
Crystal Highness, however, could never get to grips with front-running Make My Heart Sing, given a fine ride by Joseph O’Brien for his father, Aidan.
Estithmaar, who ran with real promise when runner-up at the first time of asking at Limerick, went one better in the Cork Racecourse Maiden for colts and geldings.
For much of the straight he appeared to be struggling to get in a real blow, but Declan McDonogh conjured a flying late surge up the rail to edge ahead near the line and beat the flattering Mereli by half a length.
Greek Canyon, who had twice run moderately on the all-weather at Dundalk, took the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden.
Near the front throughout for Johnny Murtagh, the winner forged away inside the furlong pole to score by two lengths.
The Thomond O’Mara -trained Pimlico Sound made a winning seasonal debut in the mallow.ie Handicap.
The grey got a clear run up the far rail, led a furlong and half out and stretched clear for Wayne Lordan. A 12-1 shot, he paid in excess of 21-1 on the Tote.
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