Making her Irish debut for Aidan O’Brien, three-time Grade 1 winner Sea Siren landed the featured Belgrave Stakes in Fairyhouse yesterday.
The five-year-old Australian mare travelled well for Joseph O’Brien before hitting the front and, despite idling, beating Rissian Soul by a length and a half in the listed feature.
“She’s an exciting mare, by an exciting sire (Fastnet Rock),” stated the winning rider. “We only have her since Royal Ascot but she has shown loads of pace and a has a great attitude. She travelled and quickened well but idled a bit in front. All the top sprints, over five and six furlongs, are open to her.”
Despite an abortive trip to ride Battle Of Marnego in Saturday’s Grand Prix de Paris, Joseph is in tremendous form and brought his tally to an impressive nine winners in just five days when odds-on favourite Kingdom gained a gutsy, all-the-way win in the concluding Fairyhouse Sunday Market Handicap.
Having made the running the Montjeu colt had to dig deep to hold Zafarqand and Bensson before surviving a Stewards Enquiry. O’Brien admitted: “He’s not spectacular, but is tough and likes to run from the front.”
David Marnane introduced a potentially useful two-year-old in the opening median auction maiden as the Kodiac colt Boom The Grrom, ridden by Pat Smullen, made all to record an emphatic win over favourite Colour Blue.
“Pat said he settled well in front and stretched clear when he gave him a squeeze,” said Marnane. “He’s been working well and could be very good.”
Green Canyon broke smartly and made all to win the Fairyhouse Members Trip Handicap for Ger Lyons and Gary Carroll, the successful trainer reporting: “Gary said he won the race in the first furlong,” before adding: “He’s a good, honest, fast ground horse and six furlongs is his trip.”
The Declan McDonogh-ridden Majestic Jasmine provided trainer John Oxx with a fitting 63rd birthday present when following-up a recent win in Tipperary in the Follow Fairyhouse On Facebook Handicap, Oxx’s assistant Jim O’Neill reporting: “We were a bit worried about the trip and Declan said she was either idling or tying up in the last hundred yards. But she’s a filly with a good attitude and seems to be on the up.”
Champion apprentice Ronan Whelan won the six-furlong maiden on the Reggie Roberts-trained four-year-old and favourite Heuston — having only his second start — while back-in-form Mick Mulvany saddled Tohugo to win the Children Under 18 Are Free Handicap, Tadhg O’Shea’s mount getting up late to foil King Of Oriel.
Whelan said: “He hit the front a furlong too soon. He’ll come on no end for that and it will be no bother stepping up a furlong or two. He is quirky but smart.”
Roberts said: “He was bit weak last year and he is still a bit green. Anything bred by the dam (On The Razz) has won.”
Greek Canyon (6-1) bounced off the rattling fast ground to land the Fairyhouse Members Trip Handicap for Ger Lyons and Gary Carroll, making all.
Lyons said: “He’s a good honest horse and six furlongs is his trip. He’s a top of the ground horse and races are few and far between for him.
“He shows plenty of pace from the stalls.”
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