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Minor crowns big day under Kinane; THE CURRAGH YESTERDAY.

Byline: Brian Fleming

MINOR VAMP crowned an incredible day for the Richard Hannon stable when leading home a one-two for the yard in the Parknasilla Hotel Goffs Fillies Million, writes Brian Fleming.

The E1,000,000 cheque to the winning connections was a welcome one indeed after Michael Kinane produced the 10-1 chance down the centre of the track to score by two lengths from stablemate Baileys Cacao, who stayed on best of all from the rear under Richard Hughes.

In the process, she also paid another compliment to impressive Fillies' Mile winner and 1,000 Guineas favourite Rainbow View.

"Londoners Michael Pescod and Justin Dowley have been long-time owners of ours and they invested a lot last year and hadn't had the best of luck," admitted Richard Hannon, son and namesake of the absent winning trainer. "This makes up for it, and having the second as well has crowned a great day."

"Minor Vamp was third to a very good filly of John Gosden's at Newmarket and has won from a very bad draw," said Hannon. "We'll look at something like the Rockfel for her next."

The winner, at E45,000, was the cheapest purchase among the reduced 24-runner field when Billys Dream was withdrawn after Niall McCullagh was injured on the way to the start.

Peter Doyle, who bought the winner at the Goffs Million Sale 12 months ago, said: "It just goes to show you it's possible that any price can win these races. This was a great team effort, and our association with the Hannons goes back 18 years."

Hannon jnr is staying in Ireland for the next three days to attend the Goffs Yearling Sale and, asked what he was going to do with his slice of the winnings, said: "I wish it was my money. but I don't have a licence yet so I'll put in for an increased salary! I might get a bit of it - perhaps 20 quid for a new suit."

Samba School, sent off an unconsidered 66-1 chance, proved best of the home team for Kevin Prendergast and Chris Hayes.

Result

Parknasilla Hotel Goffs Fillies Million

1 Minor Vamp.. 10-1

2 Baileys Cacao.. 9-1

3 Samba School 66-1

Owners Michael Pescod and Justin Dowley

Trainer Richard Hannon

Jockey Mick Kinane

Breeder Joan Murphy

Distances 2l, 1/2l

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Minor Vamp (Mick Kinane, right) comes clear of stablemate Baileys Cacao (centre)
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2008
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