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Pride of Tipperary Launch 2014

Friday, 27 June 2014

 An evening to remember for local trainer Andrew Slattery and jockey Declan McDonagh as they landed an impressive double at Tipperary Racecourse at the launch of the 2014 Pride of Tipperary.


Lupie, ridden by Declan McDonagh and trained by Andrew Slattery upset the odds in the first race winning at 8/1 with Aidan O’Brien trained 9/10F Rule The Waves back in fourth. Third last time out to Royal Ascot winner Anthem Alexander, Lupie made all and stayed on well in the final furlong to hold off the strongly finishing Laharde. Representing his brother, Brian Slattery said they plan to go for a listed race in England next hopefully on soft ground.

In the second, Prince Connoisseur was the 3¼L winner for trainer John James Feane and jockey Fran Berry, over 11/8 favourite Chiclet. Although, “the ground wasn’t ideal” according to the trainer, Prince Connoisseur was in close contention throughout and pulled clear in the final furlong to land the Pride of Tipperary Festival 2014 Handicap.

Andrew Slattery completed his double, and a huge gamble in the third race when Ucanchoose, backed from 12/1 in the morning into 4/1 second favourite, battled hard to win by a neck in the Tipperary Family Day Saturday 12th July Handicap over five furlongs. Yet to win since at Tipperary last July, Ucanchoose was fourth 150 yards out, but responded to pressure to get up close to the line. Brian Slattery, representing his brother Andrew, was delighted with conditions at the track:” We were delighted to see the rain as five furlongs on a good dig is ideal for him.”

Juara, trained by Anthony Mulholland and ridden by John Egan landed another gamble in the fourth race. Available at 16/1 in the morning, the 4 year old sent to post at 7/1, led coming into the final furlong when brought to the stand side rail and stayed on well to win by two lengths. Oneeightofamile was second at 14/1, with 100/30 favourite Roisin Dubh back in third.

Favourite backers were rewarded in the fifth race as Aidan O’Brien trained 13/8F Granddukeoftuscany was the easy winner of the Follow @TipperaryRaces on Twitter Maiden, ridden by Joseph O’Brien.  Granddukeoftuscany led coming into the straight, and stayed on well to win easily by 19 lengths. Aidan O’Brien said after the race: “We’ll train him for the Great Voltigeur and he’ll get a rest after this. The soft ground didn’t seem to stop him there.”

Lily The Lioness was the impressive 16/1 winner of the penultimate race of the evening. Trained by Garrett James Power and ridden by Wayne Lordan, she hit the front two furlongs out and ran on well to win by 7 lengths. Dancingwithangels was second at 16/1, with well backed, Easter Spirit, finishing third.

In the final race of the evening, Aidan O’Brien’s Lone Star was the popular 7/4 favourite, but could only manage 5th as 20/1 outsider Windward Passage made all to win by 2½ lengths under jockey Fergal Lynch. The Patrick Prendergast trained 3 year old gelding was ridden 2 furlongs out but stayed on well to get his first win after finishing well down the field in his previous four runs. 

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