HARRY’S Bar powered home in the five-furlong William Hill Bet Boost Handicap to claim his fifth victory for Ado McGuinness
The Shamrock Thoroughbreds-owned seven-year-old was tardy from the gates, but he made good headway approaching the final furlong. The 3/1 favourite rattled home under Adam Caffrey to lead with 150 yards to travel and asserted by two lengths at the line.
Assistant trainer Stephen Thorne said: “There was plenty of pace on throughout, he likes a fast pace to aim at. The young lad (Caffrey) was brilliant on him. He knows the horse really well and he deserved his opportunity. He has delivered and that is his 10lb claim gone now.”
There was a surprise in the William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Maiden over a mile when 1/5 favourite Honey Girl was caught on the line by Joseph O’Brien’s Illuminazione.
Honey Girl carried a rating of 107 into this contest off the back of a third place in a Group 3 and sixth in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, however, she faced a persistent challenge from newcomer Illuminazione (9/2) in the final furlong and the favourite lost the photo by a nose.
Winning jockey Declan McDonogh, sporting Anne Marie O’Brien’s colours, said: “She barrier-trialled here and trialled well (won her trial). We were pretty confident coming here that we could give the favourite a shake-up.
“I think she’s a nice filly and she showed a good attitude there. She will probably go a little bit further. She’s from a tough family, she’s a relation of Visualisation who is a very good horse for Joseph.”
Honey Girl’s jockey, Ben Coen, was given a seven-day suspension for using the whip with excessive frequency.
Ceallach put his experience to good use in the William Hill Racing Radio Maiden over an extended mile and a quarter. Michael Halford’s Lope De Vega gelding moved into contention at the two pole and got on terms with Regally Blonde a furlong and a half down. He kept on best to lead in the final strides and won by a head at 3/1.
for in-form trainer Levins
DAVID Spratt’s Brushwork was the highest-rated horse in the William Hill Play Responsibly Claimer on a mark of 84 and kept on well to score by a length once he picked up the lead for Donagh O’Connor inside the final furlong.
In-form trainer Johnny Levins said of the 5/2 favourite: “I’ve probably made two mistakes with this horse – first one is I took him out of the Scurry (at Curragh on Saturday) at the last minute thinking I would save money, foolishly.
“The second mistake was probably running him in this race because I would imagine I am going to lose him and he’s a nice horse.
“My thinking was the yard is on a roll and we need to keep getting the winners. He was the class horse in the race and, if he turns up, he would win.”
Brushwork was claimed for €15,000 by James McAuley who also claimed fifth-placed Guessthebill for €5,000. Runner-up Gatsby Cap was claimed by John McConnell for €6,000.
That was the same price that ninth-placed Tammany Hall was claimed for by Patrick McKenna.
It took The Bog Bank 30 races to get off the mark in Bellewstown two weeks ago, but she quickly followed up in the William Hill Pick Your Places Handicap over a mile for trainer Tom McCourt, and owners Hugh J O’Brien, Loughlin Flynn and J B Tolan.
James Ryan steered her to the front a furlong and a half out and the five-year-old mare put her head down as she stayed on strongly to score by two and a quarter lengths at 11/2.
J J JUMBO (11/1) showed the benefit of the sun on his back when taking the seven-furlong William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap for Darren Bunyan. Rider Robert Whearty worked him to the front in the closing stages and the pair beat the staying-on favourite Torn by a neck.
Bunyan said: “He had a very good run here before I sent him out to Dubai. He was placed in his third run out there on the dirt, which is unusual for a European horse. There were a couple of reasons for going to Dubai. I was adamant that he would handle the dirt. He was a little bit weak on us last year and he thrived in the climate out there. He’s double the horse he was going out there now.
“The dirt racing can be tough and we gave him a break. This is Sultan Saeed Mohammid Harib Alfalahi’s first winner in Ireland. He’s a brilliant owner and so enthusiastic. We’ll stick to the Polytrack with him and he’ll go back to Dubai for the winter.”
Crescent Lake doubled his career total in the concluding William Hill Extra Places Every Day Handicap. He went off 6/1 for this mile-and-a-half assignment and held on by a short head after a final-furlong battle with Royal Eagle.
“He won and was second over an extended mile and two furlongs. The trip was a bit of a doubt and I thought it might be a bit far with top-weight,” trainer Terence O’Brien said.
“We might go to Galway, the owner (Liam Lynch) is a good sports person and will have a bit of fun. With the hill, we might come back a furlong or two.”