Review: Fillies Friday Night Out August 8th
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The 1000km round trip proved a worthwhile one for Shropshire based trainer, Tim Pitt, as Sir Maximilian landed the €32,500 first prize in the Listed Kilfrush Stud Abergwaun Stakes at Tipperary on Friday evening. The 5-year-old gelding was sent to post as 2/1 second favorite, just days after a promising run in the Stewards Cup at Goodwood and jockey Stevie Donohoe had to work hard throughout before swooping late in the final furlong to land the spoils by ¾’s of a length.
In the other Listed race of the evening, Ger Lyons’ Convergence upset the odds when beating the 1/5 F, East India, into second place. Convergence made all under Colin Keane and extended away from the field inside the final furlong to win by 5 lengths.
In the Connolly’s Red Mills Handicap, Lady Mega, trained by Edward Lynam and ridden by Robbie Downey, kept on well inside the final furlong to score by 1½l as 15/8F. Aidan O’Brien landed the opener when Simply A Star (5/4F), ridden by Seamie Heffernan, won the McGrath Oil Maiden in comfortable style. Fields Of May was the game winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden as Kevin Manning was hard at work to hold off some strong finishers. In the penultimate race of the day, 2/1 favorite Anner Queen was withdrawn just before the off for refusing to enter the stalls, leaving the race wide open. It was eventually won by 25/1 Tracey Collins trained Captains Dilemma, ridden by Philip Donovan. The 7-year-old made all and stayed on well when pressed inside the final furlong. Sara O’Brien landed the spoils in the final race of the day when she rallied her mount, Mojito Royale, to win by a ½length for trainer Eoin Doyle.
Racing continues at Tipperary on Thursday August 28th with the Grade 3 Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes of €65,000 the highlight of the card.