For the third successive year TRM were the title sponsors at the Curragh Racecourse on Sunday June 7th, the spiritual home of the company. A very competitive programme featured, for the first time at the Curragh, the Group 3 TRM Ballyogan Stakes and the TRI Equestrian Listed Silver Stakes.
- 2:35 TRM Excellence in Equine Nutrition Maiden
1st Fort Del Oro (J:Billy Lee T:Edward Lynam)
2nd Creggs Pipes
3rd Knockmaole Boy
- 3:10 TRM Supporting Global Champions Handicap
1st Bainne (J:Shane Kelly T: Michael O’Callaghan)
3rd Archibald Thorburn
- 3:40 TRM Ballyogan Stakes (Group 3)
1st Ainippe (J:Colin Keane T: Ger Lyons)
3rd Steip Amach
Ainippe got up close home to land the feature at the Curragh, the Group 3 TRM Ballyogan Stakes, scoring under Colin Keane for Ger Lyons and Qatar Racing Limited.
The three-year-old daughter of Captain Rio went down by just a head to Toscanini on her seasonal reappearance at Navan last month and she was sent off the 9/4 joint-favourite today having opened at 4/1 last night.
Settled behind the leaders on the inner she had to be switched wide to challenge from a furlong out. She was soon ridden and got up close home to score by half a length.
Newsletter (the other joint-favourite) hit the front a furlong from home but she ultimately had to settle for second under Shane Foley for Ken Condon.
Steip Amach was two and three parts of a length back in third while Stormfly and Blhadawa disappointed.
Ger Lyons said afterwards: “I thought she was going to be an unlucky loser. She’s not big but she’s all heart. She has plenty of speed and loved the good ground. We’ve always felt that she will get seven furlongs. She’s a good honest filly.
“We took the view that we didn’t want to take on Anthem Alexander in the Lacken and I don’t think she’s good enough for the Commonwealth Cup. Hopefully we can find a Group 2 for her.
“That was the plan this year to win a Group 3 with her, and we’ll have to sit down and make a plan now for the rest of the year.”
- 4:15 TRI Equestrian Silver Stakes 1st Postulation (J:Pat Smullen T:Dermot Weld)
2nd Parish Hall
The Dermot Weld trained Postulation (7/1) came from last to first as he got up close home to deny the favourite Parish Hall in the Listed TRI Equestrian Silver Stakes.
The three-year-old gelded son of Varian’s Holiday was settled in rear by Pat Smullen before taking closer order from two furlongs out.
He was ridden over a furlong from home and got up in the final strides to beat Parish Hall by a neck.
The runner-up was sent off the 9/10 favourite (was 7/4 last night) and he boldly attempted to bite the winner when passed.
The front duo went four and three parts of a length clear of English raider Manndawi who was third under Wayne Lordan for Ed Dunlop at 7/1.
Dermot Weld said afterwards: “They were the tactics and it worked out well. It was a lovely ride by Pat, and his biggest worry was when the other horse moved towards him near the line!
“He’s been a model of consistency and has never been out of the first three. That’s his ideal trip and, with that win under his belt, we might travel with him now.”
The winner was the only three-year-old in the race and he was in getting weight from all his rivals, carrying over a stone less than the runner-up
- 4:45 www.trm-ireland.com Handicap
1st Duca Valentinois (J:Pat Smullen T: Johnny Murtagh)
2nd Pullman Brown
- 5:20 TRM Invest in Calphormin Maiden
1st Game Set Dash (J:Colin Keane T:Ger Lyons)
2nd Here For The Craic
info via The Curragh Racecourse