Elusive King wins

It was nice to get a win with Elusive King in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Naas for owner David Kelly on the last day of the Flat Turf Season.

He has come on since his first run at Naas two weeks ago and Chris Hayes said after the race “I was confident that he’d get there and travelled real strong. Colin Keane’s horse got a bit upset in the gates beside me and my lad was standing a bit awkward and missed it a fraction. On the conditions, it probably helped.

“He’s a genuine horse and coped with the ground and I think he’ll improve on better ground. It’s a real war of attrition.”

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Two Winners Since Friday

Believe In Beauty won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden in Dundalk last Friday by a length and a quarter ridden by Niall McCullagh

Niall thought she would like the surface and he was right. She’s been very consistent and was deserving of that, she likes fast ground, she doesn’t bend her knee.

“Even from a poor draw she broke smart and got a good tow into the race. Niall said he was going well everywhere. She was dead straight up the home run.

“It was great to get another win for owner David Kelly. He’s had a good year and has been a good supporter and been lucky.

“We’ll look for a nursery or something here. She’s actually in the Forans series final and it’s a nice pot.

“She’ll run away, she’s taking it well, and we’ll keep going to the end of the season.”

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Schroders Mistake a daughter of Cable Bay won the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden at Fairyhouse on Monday under Niall McCullagh by a length and three parts with four lengths back to third.

She had a good first run in Leopardstown and the race has worked out well. We are delighted with that and it’s nice for the owners.

She showed another facet to her game by handling that ground, which has gone on soft, as she had been running on top of the ground.

There are options of two races for her now, either the final of the Foran series over 7f  or a race over 6f on the same day.

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Celtic Beauty wins at Naas

Celtic Beauty ran out a 2 and a half-length winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden over 5f at Naas on Monday. Second previously in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, it was nice to get the maiden win with her.

“Billy said she travelled through the race really nicely and when she does get to the front, she doesn’t kill herself.

“Hopefully she will go to the Lowther Stakes next at York. They go very quick normally and she seems to travel very easily through her races. She’s entitled to go there.”

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Aleef continues his good season

With two wins and two places from just six runs, Aleef has been a nice addition to our team. He maintained his good season for the Cinco Partnership when he registered his second success on Saturday in Naas in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race over 5f.

A son of Kodiac, he is a solid, hard running, tough sprinter who enjoys his racing.

“He won a lovely pot at Navan for us and he goes on most ground including the all-weather, but he would have appreciated that little bit of rain we got that morning.

“He’s just jumps and runs. If we had a few more like him it would be great.”

Ridden by Billy Lee, he kept on well to win by a length and three parts. 

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Crafty Madam wins on Derby weekend

We had a good night at the Curragh last night where Crafty Madam got up to win the Finlay Volvo Cars Summer Fillies Handicap under Niall McCullagh

“Niall is riding with great confidence. He rides work for us and has always been a very good rider, he’s a classic winning rider. With 8-4 he was always going to ride her. He’s given her some ride”

It was great to get a win for owner/breeder Con Harrington who has been a good supporter. She’s a half-sister to Profitable so she’s a very important filly for the breeding shed going forward.

“We have a little bit to go in the ratings but we’ll try for a bit of black-type along the way. That’s a great pot to win and we’re delighted to win on Derby weekend.

Ice Cold In Alex was an unlucky loser of the Eleanor & Lyndsey Comer Memorial H´cap over 7f when beaten a half a length by Baladiya. Hopefully, he will have his day soon.

On Romanised (4th at Royal Ascot), “He ran a super race. He did everything right and the splits just didn’t come for him. Billy (Lee) was delighted with him.

“He came out of the race well and we’ll probably go back to Deauville for the Jacques Le Marois over the straight course. Goodwood mightn’t just suit him.”

Celtic Beauty put up a very good performance in the Albany at Royal Ascot and is an exciting filly for the season. She will be eligible for all the 6f filly Stakes Races such as the Duchess of Cambridge, The Cheveley Park Stakes, and the Prix Morny in August. She is a smart filly with a lot of pace and will be exciting for owner David Kelly.

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Mistress of Venice wins at Tipperary

Mistress of Venice delivered in Tipperary in the BetVictor Bet 5euro Get 30euro Offer Maiden over 5f.

She was one of many horses in the frame in the last furlong but went on to win by half a length under Shane Foley.

She had missed her three-year-old career but previously had good form as a two-year-old being placed in Listed company in May of that year before going on to finish fourth in a Group 2 and Group 3.

With her two-year-old form, it was hugely important to get a winning bracket. This was her third run since returning but ran a nice race following her layoff at Navan finishing 3rd and stepped forward again at Dundalk to finish 2nd.

“It is proper soft ground and she probably isn’t in love with it. It is good to get the win and hopefully, she can go back up into Stakes company now that her confidence is back. We’ll look to find a Stakes race over five or six for her”

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