Horse Racing: Moran on the mark with Mrs Gillow in Guinness handicap; TRALEE.
MRS GILLOW produced a brave and determined effort under David Moran to capture the Guinness Gold Cup for Jim Bolger.
Moran finished second aboard the five-year-old in last year's Irish Cesarewitch but the pair were not to be denied a premier handicap victory this time. The June Judd-owned daughter of Danzero turned for home in second and answered her rider's every call and led inside the final 100 yards to defeat Whoneedswings by three-quarters of a length.
Moran, whose previous victories this season include a Silver Stakes on Heliostatic, remarked: "She's a very genuine and tough mare. I was a little worried about the ground but it was just chopped up on top and she handled it well."
Pat Smullen joined Johnny Murtagh on the 59-winner mark for the season to lie four behind Declan McDonogh in the race for the jockeys' championship when he took the 1m maiden on Silent Confession. Dermot Weld's charge made all the running to defeat Rain Rush by three-quarters of a length.
Adrian McGuinness continued his terrific season as Erra Go On followed up last week's Tipperary victory in the 60-90 handicap. Mick Kinane's mount was on top from early in the straight and defeated Grisham by a neck.
For the second week in succession the Emmett Butterly-ridden Dapple Dawn came out the right side of a tight finish as she lasted home to defeat Imco Tendence in the 7f handicap. "Emmett has given her a good ride and is good value for his claim. She appreciated the ease in the ground and will turn out here tomorrow," said trainer Eamon Tyrrell.
Michael Halford brought his tally for the week to four as Balakan justified oddson favouritism in the maiden hurdle. Paddy Flood's mount collared market rival Mister Farmer at the last to score by a length and a half.
"He's had quite a busy time of it lately and is a real summer horse, so if the ground changes we will probably leave him off until next year," said Halford.
Niall Madden, on his first day back riding in Ireland since his stint as a member of the victorious Irish jump jockeys' team that visited Australia, made a winning return aboard Emotional Article in the 2m6f handicap hurdle. The Tom Taaffe-trained gelding could now head to Listowel.
The festival is also on the agenda for Billy Bonnie after he took the novice chase under Paul Carberry. The nine-year-old proved too strong for Lugante on the run-in, scoring by three lengths.
"He stays well and if he crept into the bottom of the weights, we'd let him take his chance in the Kerry National," said Noel Meade.
The amateur riders' handicap hurdle fell to the Michael O'Connor-ridden and David Fitzgerald-trained Aerlite Rooler.
Mrs Gillow for her brave effort to land the Guinness Gold Cup under David Moran
Quote of the day
"I don't need any more close finishes, I'll have a heart attack," Eamon Tyrrell after his Dapple Dawn notched up her second successive short head victory
Dapple Dawn (Emmett Butterly), right, gets the better of Imco Tendence in an exciting finish to the seven-furlong handicap' CAROLINE NORRIS
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 31, 2006|
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