Ian Queally gave Maudlin Magdalen a textbook ride to land the featured Kingdom Gold Cup, worth €30,000 to the winner, last evening at Killarney.
The young rider got the Donal Kinsella-trained mare settled nicely in front, and was able to dictate throughout. Favourite Sidra sat behind the pace but was never able to get on terms, as the leader stayed on well to win readily from the staying-on Break My Mind.
“It’s a racecourse that suits the filly,” said the winning trainer, of the mare who was completed a quick-fire hat-trick with victory at this track in 2013. “But it’s a surprise she won that well.”
Emily Square justified sustained support when winning the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies’ Maiden for trainer Ken Condon and jockey Shane Foley.
Backed before and after the withdrawal of odds-on chance Creme De La, the once-raced filly travelled well before moving up stylishly to challenge long-time leader Hot To The Touch in the straight. Thereafter she always looked likely to prevail, and did so by a length, with Orotaveo showing plenty of promise, back in third place.
Said Condon: “She’s a big, tall, scopy filly and Shane said the ground was probably as quick as she’d like. He looked to have it covered all the way up the straight, and I’d say there’ll be plenty more improvement in her.
“She ran at Galway the first day, and was extremely green, but I like the way she finished that race, under a nice introductory ride.
“I have no firm plans – the nursery at Listowel, maybe – but we think the best of her could be next year, and she will stay a mile and a quarter.
“She could be one to try in the Silken Glider in October, because she will go on soft ground, and stays well. We’ll see how she comes out of this and if it’s not the thing to do, we’ll leave her off until next year. She’s a nice prospect.”
The Michael O’Callaghan-trained Maknificent, who failed by just half a length to land a gamble at Galway, earned a modicum of compensation with a clear-cut victory in the Dunloe Hotel Handicap. Short of room when mounting her first challenge, a furlong and a half out, she picked up well to win going away, from Tagg’s Island.
Said O’Callaghan: “The extra bit of distance helped her. She’s improving from all her runs. She’s going to want a bit further, and going to want a bit of juice in the ground.
“She was caught for a little toe turning around the last bend, but the long straight and the flat track suited. She’s a tough filly, and will win in her grade.”
Although only four contested the Mares’ Beginners’ Chase, it was a great race to watch, with jockey Paul Carberry giving odds-on favourite Miss Dinamic a superb ride from the front.
Gordon Elliott’s mare jumped well throughout, and Carberry kicked on to maintain his advantage racing out of the backstraight. He then allowed his mount a breather, which gave supporters of the well-backed Padraig’s Joy some hope as she closed to within a length at the second-last.
However, Carberry had plenty left under him, and eased the favourite clear for a smooth success.
Viconte Du Noyer completed back-to-back victories at this track with an impressive effort in the Killarney Oaks Hotel Novice Chase. In a share of the lead with Upazo for much of the trip, he jumped well, was clever when he needed to be, and quickened away late to beat that rival comprehensively.
Said winning rider Jonathan Burke, of the Henry de Bromhead-trained grey: “It was straight-forward enough: he travelled great, and jumped well – bar the last, where he was having a look. He’s very neat and nimble, and has loads of scope.
“It took us a while to get to know him. We had been holding him up, which is the wrong thing to do. We let him roll the last day and it worked, and again today.”
Denis Cullen has Old Supporter in top form and the ten-year-old followed up last week’s success at Tramore with another all-the-way victory, in the Malton.com Handicap Chase, this time in the hands of Jody McGarvey.
Short-odds backers had little worry in the finale, as a confident ride from Katie Walsh earned the Peter Fahey-trained Peregrine Run his first victory. Heavily backed all day, he was sent to the front two furlongs out, and ran on well to beat Lord Fendale.
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