Killeanaule-based handler Andy Slattery seems to have a very smart sort on his hands in newcomer Ascot Adventure who justified strong market support from 10/1 into 100/30 to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF 2-Y-O Maiden at Cork’s flat meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
The Mayson-sired Ascot Adventure was always well positioned under his handler’s son Andrew Slattery and the victorious chesnut took up the running one furlong out to beat the 68-rated Shelly Banks by one and three quarter lengths.
“He’s a nice horse and he was ready early in the time, but he good weak and we had to wait. I was a bit afraid of the (good) ground here and he will probably now be sold,” said handler Slattery of Ascot Adventure, owned by Adrian Costello from Newmarket-On-Fergus in Co Clare.
Jim Bolger’s Fiscal Rules was potentially the most interesting horse on show considering that he finished fifth, beaten a shade under eight lengths by Santiago, on his penultimate foray in the Irish Derby over two months earlier and he had little difficulty in opening his account in the Fermoy Maiden over seven furlongs. Fiscal Rules assumed command on the inner with Kevin Manning over a furlong out to eclipse Mudawy by one and a quarter lengths.
“Fiscal Rules is a nice horse that hadn’t a hard race there and hopefully, he will be back in the big time next year, “commented Bolger’s daughter Una Manning, who is married to winning jockey Manning.
The featured race was the Navigation Stakes, a listed contest over an extended mile, and Aidan O’Brien continued his terrific season by sending out the winner in the form of Keats. The Galileo-sired Keats tracked the frontrunning Free Solo virtually throughout until taking command over one furlong out. The 101-rated three-year-old Keats duly bounded clear for Seamie Heffernan to contain the gallant Free Solo by one and a quarter lengths. Keats is a horse to keep on the right side of on this evidence.
Top apprentice Gavin Ryan, who hails from Moyglass, continued his stellar season by teaming up with Leanne Breen to capture the CorkRacecourse.ie Handicap over five furlongs with That’s Mad. The four-year-old That’s Mad, previously trained by Gordon Elliot, vindicated the promise of his most recent third-placed effort at Navan by asserting inside the final 100 yards to deny outsider Keepthebestsideout by three parts of a length.
“He’s an improving horse and he’s appreciates being in a small yard. He’s being trained like a proper sprinter and we could aim him for something like the Joe McGrath Handicap at The Curragh next year, “reported Warrenpoint-based handler Miss Breen of That’s Mad.
Keepthebestsideout’s trainer Michael Browne, who trains a small string outside Cashel, went one better later in the afternoon as his grey The Kola Kid sprung a 28/1 surprise under teenage apprentice sensation Dylan Browne McMonagle in the Mallow Handicap. The Kola Kid, who finished second on his initial outing for Browne at Fairyhouse in June, mastered Sunset Nova in the closing stages to score by a half-length.
“He was a bit unlucky at Fairyhouse, he didn’t get going in time, “disclosed Browne of The Kola Kid. “Hopefully, he will win another race. “ The supremely-stylish Browne McMonagle went on to partner a 100/1 double as he later teamed up with Clogher, Kilmallock handler Austin Leahy to capture the first division of the Follow Us On Twitter Handicap aboard favourite Han Solo. Owned by Leahy’s daughter Susan, last month’s Gowran Park runner-up Han Solo led as the line loomed to account for Legal Thriller by a head.
Handler Leahy reported: ”He’s a horse that jumps a hurdle well and you could see him again before Christmas. “ Colin Keane moved to within one winner of Shane Foley in the jockeys’ championship by teaming up with his father Gerry Keane to land the second instalment of this same closing race with Treble Cone. The visored Treble Cone moved through to lead a furlong out to dismiss Pulsating by a half-length.
Dermot Weld took out two runners throughout the course of the afternoon due to the change in going, but the Rosewell House maestro still figured amongst the winners as he sent out Hightimeyouwon to collect the Thank You To The Frontline Workers Handicap. Hightimeyouwon, a winner at Naas in late June, took command with Oisin Orr inside the final furlong to dispose of Prisoner’s Dilemma by an eased-down one and three quarter lengths.
The next meeting at Cork is a flat one that will take place on Tuesday October 13th.