AT Cork’s flat card yesterday, all eyes were focused on the Mallow Race for two-year-olds and Kevin Prendergast’s colt Monaasib hinted that he’s on a clear upward trajectory by recording a clearcut success in this six-furlong contest under Chris Hayes.
Monaasib, who created a positive impression when winning his maiden at The Curragh at the third time of asking last month, tracked the frontrunning Artician in second spot until moving past some one and a half furlongs out. Whilst drifting noticeably left-handed briefly on entering the final furlong, Monaasib still beat Artician by a comfortable one and a half lengths.
Jockey Hayes reported of Monaasib: “He’s a lovely horse. I got a nice tow into it, got there plenty spoon and he rolled about on me. I think he’ll improve and he could be a nice three-year-old.” Jessica Harrington continued her stellar summer by sending out Street Kid to spring a 10/1 surprise under stable jockey Shane Foley in the opening Irish EBF Median Sires Series 2-Y-O Maiden.
Street Kid, having only been beaten a short head into second place by subsequent Group 2 winner Laws Of Indices on his initial outing at Navan in late June, atoned for a below par effort at Naas last time by sweeping to the front on the inner inside the final furlong and then powering clear to contain Tar Heel by a widening three lengths. Wood Ranger made an excellent career debut by returning a further nose adrift in third spot.
Jockey Foley remarked of Street Kid:”He disappointed on his second run, but he was a bit sore after it and we gave him some time. “ Shane Foley went on to complete a 109/1 double as he later teamed up with Joe Murphy to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden with Sage Advice, who finished third on two previous occasions.
Alghazaal appeared to make the decisive move by edging ahead under three furlongs out, but Sage Advice cut through the pack from over a furlong down and he wore Chris Hayes’ mount down inside the final furlong to score by three parts of a length.
“He’s a big three-year-old and I think he will be a nice horse for the future, “said handler Murphy of the Galtee Racing Syndicate-owned Sage Advice.
Foley was narrowly foiled of a hat-trick when his mount Ya Ya Baby failed by a half-length to cope with Jim Bolger’s Sasta in the CorkRacecourse.ie Handicap.
Sasta and Ya Ya Baby were engaged in a ding-dong tussle from two furlongs out with the former getting on top as the line loomed to score under Kevin Manning.
Willie Martin, who trains a small string near Wexford town, sent out his second winner in as many days when the mare Time Stands Still captured the Cork Handicap. Time Stands Still, who was posting her third success at this same venue, moved through to pick up the running two furlongs out with seven lb claiming apprentice Willie Byrne. She asserted inside the final furlong to defeat joint top-weight Improving by two and three quarter lengths.
Mikey Sheehy is an apprentice clearly going places and the seven lb claimer excelled by bringing the Michael Grassick-trained Loingseoir from well off the pace to triumph in the Fermoy Handicap.
Loingseoir took up the running over a furlong out and he maintained a narrow advantage to the line to account for John Murphy’s Vita Veritas by three parts of a length.
On a miserable day for punters, the Eddie Harty-trained bottom-weight David Garrick won the closing Millstreet Handicap at odds of 9/1 when leading from one a half furlongs out with Mark Gallagher to dismiss Yafordadoe by one and three quarter lengths.
The next meeting takes place at Cork on Tuesday August 25th.