Arranmore kicks off Cork treble for Bolger and Manning

Saturday, Aug 17 2019

Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning took the honours at Cork on Saturday with a 195-1 treble courtesy of Arranmore, Flight Risk and Bopedro.

Arranmore (15-8 favourite) got the ball rolling when making it third time lucky with a game success in the Matchbook Irish EBF Maiden.

Runner-up in his previous two starts, the Oasis Dream colt went one better with a determined effort to see off Reducta by a head with Koolasice third.

Bolger was absent, but his travelling head man, Ger Flynn, said: “Kevin said it was a messy race and they split into two. There was no pace on his side and the horse on his outside brought him over.

“There was nothing to bring him along quick enough, but he is a nice horse and is a lovely one for the future.

“He deserved that and now we can go for black type. He is a beautiful horse to deal with, has a great attitude and is very relaxed.”

There was a nasty incident about halfway through the six-furlong contest as the two groups came together and Johnny Levins’ newcomer Unconscious Mind came down.

His rider Donagh O’Connor was taken to hospital for assessment.

Dr Jennifer Pugh, senior medical officer for the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, tweeted through the IHRB: “Donagh was conscious leaving the racecourse and moving all limbs. He has just been taken to Cork University Hospital for further observation.”

After doubling up with Flight Risk in the Platinum Stakes, Bolger and Manning completed their treble with Bopedro (25-1) in the Barry’s Tea Supporting Marymount Hospice Handicap.

Bopedro drew away in the closing stages to beat Current Option by two and a half lengths, giving Bolger a first winner for Zhang Yuesheng.

Flynn said: “He had good form in France around Fontainebleau and Vichy which are only a drop down from Paris tracks.

“He is a fine, big horse who is very easy to deal with and that is our first winner for Mr Zhang. We’ve had a couple of runners and have hit the crossbar with one or two. We have half a dozen horses in training for him.”

He added of the winner: “It’s onwards and upwards for him now and he is uncomplicated.”

Noirvento (8-1) gamely stuck her head out to defeat 23 rivals in the Matchbook Betting Exchange App Handicap.

Tracey Collins’ four-year-old had gone close in two big-field handicaps since winning at Sligo in June and she was rewarded with victory by half a length over Bellick with Tai Sing Yeh the same distance away third.

Peshkova (12-1) finished strongly to snatch a win in the Matchbook Irish EBF Fillies Handicap just three days after running at Gowran.

Galtee Mist set sail for home a furlong and a half out but Peshkova was produced by 5lb claimer Andrew Slattery to collar the leader close home, getting the verdict by half a length.

Joe Murphy’s Kodiqueen (5-1) supplemented her recent Sligo success with a length-and-a-half call over She’s My Drema in the Pier 26 Ballycotton Supporting Marymount Hospice Handicap under 7lb claimer Gavin Ryan.

Yaxeni (12-1) made a winning debut for trainer Ger Lyons and jockey Colin Keane in the Murphy’s Irish Stout Supporting Marymount Hospice Irish EBF Fillies Maiden.

Shane Lyons, assistant to his brother, said: “She has a brilliant attitude and is such a lady at home I was hoping the race would wake her up. Before the race she was sleepy and went down to the start as if she was just having a day out.

“She is in the same bracket as Leminsta (finished fourth at Leopardstown on Thursday) and we decided to come here over a mile with her and she will be a lovely filly over a trip next year.

“She has a bit of class and there were a lot of talking horses in that race today. We’ve just delighted as she was just ready to start and she was well bought for 8,000gns as a foal.”

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