Millisle denies Isabeau for Listed victory in Curragh Stakes

Friday, Aug 16 2019

Millisle got up on the line to claim Listed honours in the Ryans Cleaning Event Specialist Curragh Stakes on Friday evening.

The Michael O’Callaghan-trained Isabeau had made a bold bid from the front on the far side in the five-furlong contest and still had the advantage under Leigh Roche inside the last.

But Shane Foley had made progress from two out on Millisle (11-2) and his persistence paid off in the shadow of the post, denying Isabeau by half a length. Lil Grey, the 11-8 favourite, was third.

A daughter of Starpangledbanner, Jessica Harrington’s Millisle was returning to winning ways, having been successful first time out Bellewstown before finishing second at Down Royal.

Harrington said: “That’s great. She did everything so easy in Bellewstown, and in Down Royal when she got into a bit of a battle, she’d never done it before. The horse leaning up against her, and everything, stood to her today.

“I didn’t like the draw we had, but she coped with it. They all jumped well in front of her and they all went so he had to sit and wait. I thought she was never going to get there and then she won half a length.

“It’s lovely to get it for Francis Jennings. She’s from an old family of his and is the last filly out of that mare. It’s very important for them and she’s worth keeping now for breeding.”

Brook On Fifth looked an exciting prospect when making a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden.

Group races beckon for the Joseph O’Brien-trained daughter of Champs Elysees, after she dismissed 28 rivals over seven furlongs.

First Quick Quick and then Bolly Bullet made the running, before Brook On Fifth (5-1) burst through to lead under Donnacha O’Brien just under two furlongs from home.

Edward Hopper came out of the pack to challenge and stuck on well to get within three-quarters of a length of the winner and go four and three-quarter lengths clear of Champers Elysees in third.

“I think Joseph liked her. It’s hard to know how good they are, but at the same time when there are that many runners they can’t all be useless,” said the winning rider.

“She was good. She was still a little bit green when I got there, hanging a little bit both ways, so I think there is a bit of improvement in her but she definitely has talent and I think she’s a smart filly.

“She did it smartly and pricked her ears towards the line.

“I think you’d have to look at stakes company with her now. Going to those black-type races you will learn more from there, that’s definitely the next step.”

The trainer completed a quick double when Chrysalism (6-1) got off the mark at the fourth attempt in the Luke and Nellie Comer Memorial Nursery Handicap.

The bottom-weight, ridden by 7lb claiming apprentice Alan Persse, hit the front a furlong and a half out and galloped on strongly to score by two and a quarter lengths from For The Trees.

“Her maiden form wasn’t bad and she was always stepping up. The ground and the trip suit her today,” said Persse.

“It was only a matter of when to kick on her as she travelled everywhere and did it nicely. I got a nice lead into it and it all worked out.”

Lil Grey’s trainer Sheila Lavery enjoyed better luck when the Robbie Colgan-ridden Ultra Pride (8-1) took the Launch Of The Irish Derby – “More Than A Race” On TG4 Handicap.



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