Horse Racing with Ned Tierney
COOLCULLEN maestro Jim Bolger seldom leaves Gowran Park empty-handed. He was in fine form at his local track for Tuesday’s rescheduled meeting, recording a double courtesy of Einsteins Folly and Livia Galilei.
The Whipper colt Einsteins Folly set the ball rolling with a comprehensive victory in the seven furlong nursery. Given a positive ride by 5lb claimer Ronan Whelan, Einsteins Folly was always in the firing line. He took a definite advantage heading towards the straight and stayed on well to beat the favourite Horizon by a comfortable two and a quarter lengths.
Shouldering top weight the winner showed what a tough cookie he is, holding his form well after nine outings this season. A fine big colt, Einsteins Folly has a preference for a bit of give in the ground. He will attempt to add a similar type contest to his collection before the end of the season.
Bolger and his son-in-law Kevin Manning teamed up half an hour later to capture the mile and a half McEnery Cup handicap with Livia Galilei.
A slight market drifter, the daughter of Galileo was always up with the pace. She hit the front at the two furlong marker but was soon joined by the David Wachman runner Amira’s Prince. The pair had a ding-dong battle all the way to the line where Livia Galilei shaded the verdict by a nose.
Bolger’s representative Ger Flynn revealed that the winner, which was bred by her owner Kevin Molloy, is a tough gutsy filly. She will be kept on the go for the time being at least.
Aidan O’Brien was also in double form, saddling the first two home in the featured Listed Hurry Harriet Stakes over an extended mile.
Made all running
Victory went to Twirl which made virtually all of the running and had enough in reserve to hold the late challenge of stable companion Soon by a length and a half. This success was no more that Twirl deserved as she finished second to The Fugue in the Musidora Stakes at York and was also prominent behind Princess Highway in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot.
The disappointment of the race was the David Wachman-trained favourite Chrysanthemum, which was having her first outing in almost four months. She was near enough entering the straight but failed to pick up when asked by Wayne Lordan and finished a well-beaten fifth.
The opening juvenile maiden over seven furlongs is a race that O’Brien has targeted over the years. He has been successful with the likes of Daddy Longlegs and Treasure Beach, both of which have gone on to better things. His representative Battle Of Marengo kept that run going, as the bay son of Galileo turned the race into a procession.
Having made a promising debut at Leopardstown Battle of Marengo started an odds-on favourite. He never gave his supporters the slightest cause for concern, ambling to the front close to the straight before winning by 11 lengths from Flameseeker with the well-supported Pat Shanahan runner Janna’s Jingle back in third place.
This was a likeable display by Battle Of Marengo. Word from the Ballydoyle camp is that he would prefer better ground, but is still well regarded.
Former Kildare footballer Willie McCreery, who would have strong Kilkenny connections, caused a 25/1 upset when saddling Shifting to land the mile and furlong fillies maiden in the hands of Danny Grant.
Nibbled at for small money in the betting market Shifting looked a forlorn hope when she came off the bridle shortly after the halfway point but she answered every call for Grant. Gradually picking off the leaders, she took the lead a furlong or so out and beat odds-on favourite Power to Please by a length and a quarter.
Ger Lyons, trainer of Power To Please, had better luck in the Follow Gowran Park On Facebook handicap when his charge Fluidity took the money with something in hand.
Coming from well off the pace Fluidity was galloping all over his rivals halfway up the run-in. Once Emmet McNamara popped the question he quickened away impressively, recording a six-length winning margin over Brog Deas.
The trainer’s brother Shane, who did the saddling honours, said that the horse acted up in the stalls at Dundalk and injured one of Emmet McNamara’s fingers - in a sense he was making up for the damage done.
Talented apprentice Marc Monaghan, who is attached to the Mick Halford stable, was seen to good effect when guiding Morethanafeeling to a facile victory in the 47-65 apprentice handicap.
A 10/1 chance, the six-year-old was settled in mid division. She got a nice run up the inside, taking the lead a furlong and a half out and was not knocked about to defeat the Bolger runner Quill And Vellum by six and a half lengths.
In landing her third success of the current campaign Morethanafeeling is certainly paying her way. She could change codes for her next outing, which is likely to be at Listowel in a handicap hurdle.