WHILE Storm Francis left a trail of destruction in his wake, the Mallow area didn’t bear the brunt of the overnight storm and Tuesday's flat meeting at Cork went ahead.
However, parts of the course were found to be unfit for racing just minutes before the final race and the event was then abandoned.
Dermot Weld is experiencing a fine run this summer and the Rosewell House maestro saddled his sixth individual two-year-old winner of the season when the well-supported Erzindjan treated his rivals with sheer contempt in the Coolmore Stud Gleneagles Irish EBF Maiden.
The Lope De Vega-sired Erzindjan, having come a pleasing sixth to subsequent Group 2 winner Mac Swiney on his career debut in a seven-furlong maiden at The Curragh last month, powered to the front over a furlong out with Oisin Orr to beat Vocito by a widening three and a quarter lengths.
Co Donegal native Orr divulged of Erzindjan: ”He came on from his debut run which put him right for today and he handled the ground well."
Testing ground clearly holds no fears for Erzindjan and the HH Aga Khan-homebred possesses all the attributes of a colt that should develop into a high-class performer over a mile to 10 furlongs next year.
Austin Leahy generally fares well with his small string and the Kilmallock-based operator struck with 20/1 outsider Principalship in the Mallow Handicap over the minimum trip of five furlongs.
Principalship, placed four times as a juvenile last season, burst through with ace apprentice Dylan Browne-McMonagle to assume command on entering the final furlong. The winning British-bred duly forged clear to dismiss Tide Of Time by an increasing one and three quarter lengths.
Leahy reported of Principalship, representing the Irish Equine Syndicate: ”This horse was no mug last year, he had a rating of 78. I’d say the jockey (Browne-McMonagle) got the fractions right and that’s his first ride for me.“
‘Fozzy’ Stack’s Back To Brussels has been mixing it with very good company this season and, having finished second to Sonaiyla in a listed race here at Cork last month, the three-year-old effortlessly justified odds-on favouritism in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race.
Back To Brussels tracked runner-up Independent Missy until edging ahead inside the final furlong and the daughter of Starspangledbanner than strode clear with Chris Hayes to beat Ronan Whelan’s mount by three lengths.
Jockey Hayes said: ”It was a good confidence boost for her, she never had a moments worry and hopefully, we can now step her back up to black-type company.“
Newcastlewest native Mark Enright, who of course won the 2018 Galway Plate aboard the Gordon Elliot-trained Clarcam, is making the most of the opportunities that have been presented to him on the flat and he teamed up with owner/trainer Eddie Lynam to capture the CorkRacecourse.ie Handicap with Chagall.
A 33/1 shot, Chagall broke smartly from the stalls and he made virtually all the running. Although drifting noticeably right-handed inside the final 100 yards, Chagall held on admirably to deny the gambled-on Lady Savanah by a half-length.
Former Kildare county GAA footballer Willie McCreery struck with Huddle Up in the featured Foran Equine Irish EBF 2-Y-O Auction Maiden.
Huddle Up, an €8,000 acquisition as a yearling, showed the necessary improvement from his seventh-placed debut effort behind Monaasib at The Curragh last month by getting the better of favourite Prairie Dancer inside the final furlong to score by a neck, the pair returning fully seven and a half lengths clear of the third-placed One Smart Cookie.
The in-form Crosse siblings dominated the finish of this race as Huddle Up was partnered by Nathan whilst the runner-up was ridden by his brother Shane.
“He’s a fun horse to have and he’s after paying for himself in one fell swoop there. We’ll try and find a few little races for him,“ said handler McCreery of Huddle Up.
Shane Crosse didn’t leave empty-handed as he later teamed up with Joseph O’Brien to collect the Thank You To All The Frontline Workers 3-Y-O Handicap with Baron Samedi.
Mighty Mirage appeared the most likely winner once picking up the running over a furlong out, but Baron Samedi closed in the dying strides and she led literally on the line to oblige by a short head in what was the closest finish of the afternoon.