Punters had by far the better of the argument with the bookies at Tipperary on Saturday with most of the fancied horses doing the business and the only real upset was when the David Wachman trained Requinto landed the Listed 2yo race with his much better fancied stable companion Experience finishing a well beaten fourth. An expensive failure at Naas on his previous outing the Dansili colt was easy to back in spite of stable jockey plumping for him over the odds on Experience which was on a hat-trick mission. Always close to the pace Requinto took over with a furlong or so to race and pulled steadily clear to defeat An Ghalanta by three and a half lengths. Out of the Entrepreneur mare Damson which was a Group1 winner for Wachman in his first season at Longfield Requinto was dropping back to minimum trim here and according to the trainer this made all the difference, he will now be kept to this distance for the remainder of the season and is expected to collect again. Experience was a shade disappointing, however, she was having her fourth run in the space of five weeks and will now be given a short break after which she will be primed for an autumn campaign.
Racing opened with an impressive victory for the Aidan O’Brien trained favourite Furner’s Green in the extended seven furlong juvenile maiden. Owned and bred by the trainers wife Anne-Marie and ridden by their son Joseph the son of Dylan Thomas was settled towards the rear of the field, he made smooth progress to lead inside the final furlong and in spite of showing signs of greenness went right away to win impressively by three lengths. There was a lot to like about this display especially the way Furner’s Green lengthened in the closing stages, on this evidence he is a quality animal and will win plenty of good races and by coincidence his sire made a winning debut in this race back in 2005. It was noted by several pundits that young Joseph failed to claim fully his 3lb riding allowance putting up 2lb overweight, he is now struggling to do 9st and since he is just turned eighteen years of age with a fairly big frame he is not going to stay riding on the level too much longer which is a pity as he has blossomed into a fine jockey this term.
Killenaule handler Andy Slattery was on the mark when saddling Ucanchoose to land the five furlong 49-73 handicap in the hands of Declan McDonagh. A well supported favourite the five year old which was carrying a penalty for his success at Naas earlier in the week raced prominently all the way, he responded well to the urgings of his rider to see off the challenge of Queens Grace by a length.
McDonagh was certainly the jockey in form as he had already visited the winners enclosure aboard Acushladear and Brazilian Breeze. The five year old Acushladear from the Freshford yard of Pat Tallis set the ball rolling with a workmanlike success in the seven furlong 47-68 handicap. Starting favourite she came from mid division to challenge a furlong out and battled all the way to the line where she had a length and a quarter to spare over Alpha And Omega. Tallis whom trains only a small team was giving much of the praise for this success to Shamie Heffernan who rode the mare in her two previous outing but partnered She’s A Staker in this contest. The Ballydoyle based rider has been a great help to Tallis and got the mare to where she is at the present time.
Veteran trainer Kevin Prendergast supplied McDonagh with the second leg of his hat-trick when his charge Brazilian Breeze overcame a tough examination from Sovereign Secure in the five furlong maiden. A long odds favourite in what looked a moderate contest the daughter of Invincible Spirit broke smartly and disputed the lead from most of the journey with Sovereign Secure. The latter did not give in without a battle but Brazilian Breeze found most in the closing staged to land the spoils by three parts of a length.
A feature of racing at the moment is the resurgence in the career of jockey Niall McCullagh, now second in command to the powerful John Oxx yard he is riding plenty of winners and a double here kept him ticking over nicely. The rider opened his account when joining forces with trainer John Coleman to capture the seven furlong 72-94 handicap courtesy of Sean Og Coulston. Never too far off the pace the seven year old forged ahead at the furlong marker but McCullagh had to keep him at full stretch to hit the wire three parts of a length to the good over the rank outsider Hurricane Twister. A good servant to the Coleman yard the winner could next appear at the Galway festival meeting at the end of the month.
With Johnny Murtagh out of bounds at Present McCullagh is filling his boots well and he Oxx runner cape Of Good Grace a peach of a ride to take the concluding mile and four fillies maiden. Coming from of the pace the Cape Cross 3.y.o. had only to be shaken up by McCullagh to defeat the Jim Bolger representative Alabelle by three and a half lengths. Showing a likeable attitude cape of Good Grace was tackling the trip for the first time and according to connections will add to her collection before the season ends