Pearl Warrior completes hat-trick

Monday, Sep 9 2019

Pearl Warrior made every yard to bring up his hat-trick for Johnny Murtagh in the Handicap.

The three-year-old gelding, who is by 2011 Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden, took advantage of a light weight of 7st 13lb – with Andrew Slattery’s 5lb claim factored in.

He was niggled along by Slattery approaching the home bend, and ridden to go and win his race more than a furlong out.

The 3-1 favourite toughed it out in the closing stages to prevail from Red Gerry, who got to within half a length at the line.

Murtagh said: “Paddy (Woods, owner) comes in and rides him out three days a week and picks the races for him, so it’s pretty easy to train him.

“I don’t think he’ll run later in the week – he had a hard race there, and maybe if we give him a break we might bring him back for something like the Naas November Handicap.”

Handicap debutant Franklin Street (4-1) surged home in the last 100 yards to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery by half a length for Joseph O’Brien and Wayne Lordan.

“He is a lovely, straightforward horse and handles the ground,” said the winning jockey.

Angel’s Amy pulverised the opposition in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap over a mile.

Gary Carroll sent her clear in the final quarter of a mile, and she strode right away to score by seven lengths at 9-2.

Trainer Joseph Murphy said: “We think a lot of her, and she has never been out of the first two.

“We’ll probably go for either the Knockaire or Navigation Stakes now.”

Kevin Manning produced Sailing South on the line to grab the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Jim Bolger’s Teofilo filly stayed on strongly to get up by a short head at 12-1.

Denis Hogan’s Conversant came home best of all to land the Feale Handicap, having been backed in to 6-1 joint favourite.

The blinkered grey gelding swept past Tribal Path inside the final furlong and asserted close home to win by a length and a half.

Clockers Corner gave John Oxx and Declan McDonogh a 10-1 winner in the concluding Follow Listowel Races On Twitter Maiden.

He was driven clear in the final furlong to take the honours by three and a half lengths.

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