A card which had been reduced to six races earlier in the week, because of waterlogging on the sprint course, disappointingly attracted a total of just 39 runners for overall prize money of 133,000 euro to Tipperary on Thursday. Thankfully the feature event of the evening, the Group 3 Fairy Bridge Fillies Stakes sporting a winner’s purse of 37,375 euro, attracted the biggest field of the meeting with eleven runners facing the starter. Once again a pair of cross-channel raiders lent an international dimension to the event and on this occasion the big prize was kept at home. Yellow Rosebud from the Dermot Weld yard went off the 2/1 favourite and it was surprising that the Jim Bolger trained Lady Wingshot was allowed to go off a 7/1 chance given that she had beaten the favourite by a head at Galway and now re-opposed her rival although two pounds worse off at the weights. In the event Lady Wingshot confirmed the Galway form by cosily taking care of her rival by half a length with one of the English raiders Boastful trained by Mrs. K. Burke taking the third place some two and three quarter lengths in arrears of the runner-up. Remarkably Lady Wingshot paid odds of over 14/1 on the tote. The daughter of Lawman which was partnered by stable jockey and the trainer’s son-in-law Kevin Manning is now expected to return to Tipperary for the Concorde Stakes.
Racing opened with just three runners lining up for the Camas Park Stud European Breeders Fund Maiden over seven and a half furlongs and Aidan O’Brien supplied two of these with his son Joseph aboard the 1/3 hotpot Line Drummer which was sent into a big lead from the stalls and still held a good advantage with two furlongs to run. The outsider of the three Jan Van Eyck ran on well in the closing stages and with the leader appearing to tire the challenger was only a length and a quarter in arrears at the line with the other O’Brien representative Ballyglasheen six lengths back in third. The winner a Galileo colt is owned jointly by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Eduard Mordukhovitch.
Six runners went to post for the second race The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery and Designs of Rome trained by Pat Flynn in Rathgormack was the 13/8 market leader. This one, however, found one too good in the shape of the well supported 11/4 chance Sugar Boy which under a fine ride from the in-form Chris Hayes took the spoils by two lengths. The winner is trained in Kildare by Paddy Prendergast who observed that the next objective for his charge is likely to be the Lartigue Nursery in Listowel.
Favourite backers were on the mark when the 5/2 jolly Jappeli proved a comfortable winner of the Costello Tavern Handicap for another Kildare trainer Ken Condon.
Japelli’s next outing is likely to be in Killarney this week where his connections The Roma Syndicate will be hoping to follow up with another success. Ross Coakley was the winning rider as Jappeli overcame the 11/1 chance Red Sea Poll by a length and a quarter with Massimo Donny three and a half lengths away in third place.
The Aidan O’Brien yard was supported to complete a double with unanimous in the Mocklershill Stables Race over a mile and a furlong but this 6/4 favourite only beat one home in a five horse event. The spoils went to another local runner the well supported 9/4 chance Parkers Mill which had disappointed over a mile and six furlongs in Killarney. However, the High Chaparral gelding showed that the shorter trip was his cup of tea when getting the better of an unlucky in running Taameer by a short head with Bold Thady Quill three quarters of a length back in third with the favourite the same distance behind in fourth. A powerful ride by Wayne Lordan was a key factor in the success of the Tommy Stack trained winner which is owned by his daughter-in-law Lucy. Her husband Fozzy represented his father at the meeting and he hinted that an outing over hurdles might be next on the list for Parkers Mill.
The meeting concluded with the Meadowview Stables Handicap which saw jockey Chris Hayes complete a double with the 7/4 favourite Irish Reel which accounted for the Aidan O’Brien trained 5/1 chance Circle by a length and a quarter.