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WEIGHT TO GO; Hayes steers home 16/1 outsider Punch Your Weight to land the Irish Cambridgeshire.


ANDY OLIVER'S Punch Your Weight claimed a surprise win at 16/1 in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh yesterday.

The three-year-old came into this valuable event with just one previous run to his name, which came when he landed a Cork maiden at 14/1 several weeks ago.

Despite his inexperience, Punch Your Weight showed himself to be a horse with a real future as he continued a red-hot run of form for Chris Hayes.

Punch Your Weight looked to be struggling passing halfway, but when he got into the clear he finished out his race with some purpose. He got to the front with just over a furlong to run and kept on strongly to score by a length and a half. Oliver said: "Chris gave him a brilliant ride. I told him that experience was a worry and to mind the horse and he did exactly that.

"With three furlongs to run, he had a wall of horses in front of him and looked to be struggling.

"But then Chris took him back and got him into the clear and he's won well at the finish.

"He's a nice colt and this is only his second run so we'll just have to see where we go from here."

Tommy Carmody's Ursa Major put himself in line for a Classic bid in the coming weeks with a fine win in the Irish St Leger Trial.

This Group 3 event served up a cracking conclusion with the progressive Fergal Lynch-ridden colt edging out the odds on Hartani.

Ursa Major is now likely to take his chance in either the English or Irish St Leger on his next start.

It was another good day for David Wachman and Wayne Lordan who joined forces for a double.

The pair's second winner came courtesy of Three Sea Captains in the Listed Manguard Plus Curragh Stakes.

The Choisir colt had been beaten on his first three starts, including at Dundalk last Sunday, but turned in a much improved effort here.

After tracking the leaders from an early stage, the 8/1 chance came through in the last furlong to see off Boston Rocker.

"He's a smart horse who has always shown us that he was up to this level," said Wachman after sending out his 30th winner of the season. "They went a good gallop which suited and Wayne felt that he won snugly which is good as he didn't have to give him a hard race.

"We've got plenty of options with him over the next few weeks and he'll have no trouble going seven furlongs."

Earlier the Wachman-trained Awakened Spirit produced a smart effort to win the six-furlong nursery.

"She's an improving filly who definitely wants better ground and she'll enjoy going further too," reported Wachman.

Aidan O'Brien's Snow Queen delivered on some creditable runs in defeat by landing the two-yearold fillies' conditions race.

"She's a filly with plenty of ability and being played late suits her well. She'll come back here for the Moyglare next month," said O'Brien.


SAILING: Sea Captain (centre) storms home in the Curragh Stakes DRUNKAndy Oliver's charge wins the big race at the Curragh * PUNCH
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2012
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