Cork jockeys Leonard, O'Keeffe and Lordan record notable victories

Cork jockeys Leonard, O'Keeffe and Lordan record notable victories
Acquiescent and Killian Leonard (centre) beats Lilandra to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. Picture: Healy Racing 

UPTON trainer John Murphy and Killian Leonard both got off the mark for the season when sharing a winner at Fairyhouse last week. 

The pair took the 6f fillies’ maiden with Acquiescent, the 9/2 chance beating the Ger Lyons-trained Lilandra and Aidan O'Brien’s Darkest, the 7/4 joint-favourites, into second and third place.

Wayne Lordan rode the first winner of the evening at Limerick on Wednesday where he partnered the Aidan O'Brien-trained Eden Quay to a cosy success in the opening fillies’ maiden. The 9/2 shot beat 9/1 chance Glow Worm by a length and a quarter. 

Lordan clicked again at Fairyhouse the following evening when and trainer Thomond O’Mara won the opening division of the 7f handicap with Amazing One scoring by three-parts of a length from Johnny Levins’ Eleuthera at odds of 14/1.

Newcomer Swiss Ace, trained by Aidan O'Brien, gave Lordan his third winner in as many days when winning the two-year-old maiden at Tipperary on Friday afternoon. 

Wayne Lordan with Swiss Ace. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Wayne Lordan with Swiss Ace. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

The 2/1 chance made a winning debut when coming home two and a half lengths clear of the well-fancied 6/5 favourite Tar Heel, trained by Joseph O'Brien. 

The champion conditional jump jockey Darragh O'Keeffe partnered a winner on the Flat when getting the Ray Hackett-trained 18/1 chance Rock On Seamie home by just a neck in the opening division of the 9f handicap.

Rock on Seamie and Darragh O'Keeffe power home. Picture: Healy Racing
Rock on Seamie and Darragh O'Keeffe power home. Picture: Healy Racing

In other racing news, Aidan O'Brien was responsible for four winners at Royal Ascot and an Irish-trained tally of five was completed when Jessica Harrington landed a final day with the stunning Coronation Stakes success of Alpine Star. 

She recorded a four and a quarter length success at odds of 9/2 under Frankie Dettori to emulate her half-sister Alpha Centauri which won the race in the same Niarchos Family colours in 2018. Along with four winners, Ballydoyle runners also finished runner-up on four occasions and third on three occasions. 

Aidan O'Brien’s tally was enough to see him finish runner-up in the leading trainer standings to John Gosden. His winners were Battleground, Circus Maximus, Russian Emperor and Santiago and he can now boast 74 winners at the meeting, second only in the all-time standings to the 81 winners trained by Sir Michael Stoute.

FIXTURES:

Roscommon – Monday (First Race 1pm) Limerick – Monday (First Race 4.10pm) 

Navan – Tuesday (First Race 1pm) 

Naas – Wednesday, June 24 (First Race 1pm) Roscommon – Wednesday, June 24 (First Race 4.40pm) 

Fairyhouse – Thursday, June 25 (First Race 1pm) 

Tipperary – Friday, June 26 (First Race 1pm) 

Curragh – Friday, June 26 (First Race 4.45pm) 

Curragh – Saturday, June 27 (First Race 4.15pm) 

Curragh – Sunday, June 28 (First Race 2pm)

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