Georgeville supplies class in Weld double

Monday, May 13 2019

Georgeville provided the stamp of class in a cross-code double for Dermot Weld with a commanding win in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race at Roscommon.

The Dawn Approach colt, who is out of the stable’s dual Group Three winner Big Break and still holds an evidently improbable entry in next month’s Investec Derby, scored a smooth three-and-a-half-length success under Oisin Orr.

Georgeville appeared to relish the step up to 10 furlongs, held up off the pace before quickening smartly to put his four rivals in their place without being put under any significant pressure.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned 8-11 favourite was adding victory here to his success in a Cork maiden last month, with previous winner Nickajack Cave his closest pursuer this time.

The trainer’s son Kris was suitably impressed, but sounded a note of warning about allowing Georgeville to race on ground any quicker than this good surface.

“He was a short-priced favourite, and he did it as we hoped he would,” he said.

“He’s from a great family that has been really good to us.

“He’s still a work in progress, and we’ll see how he takes the race and make a plan from there. He wouldn’t want the ground any quicker.”

Lake Takapuna completed Weld’s double on the mixed card by scooping the 10,000 euro winner’s pot in the feature Connaughton Auctioneers Handicap Hurdle.

Donagh Meyler bided his time in a tightly-packed field on the 3-1 favourite before taking over from Iknowwhereiamnow to beat the long-time leader by three-quarters of a length.

On just his third start for the stable, the eight-year-old was back from a moderate effort in a valuable handicap chase three months ago to take advantage of his lower hurdles mark.

Trainer Ger Lyons and jockey Colin Keane had to settle for runner-up spot in the first race, but duly supplied a second successive odds-on winner as Johnny Drama led throughout from his three opponents in the Knockcroghery Handicap.

Keane did not have to get too serious with the 10-11 shot – who had seven lengths to spare from Charcor at the post.

Like Georgeville before him, Johnny Drama had just three previous runs and was following up a maiden success last month.

The winning trainer’s brother Shane said: “We were very worried about the ground, because he’s a big horse with a big knee action.

“We felt he’d want it easier, but Colin said it was lovely ground.

“He obviously wants further but put that to bed very early. He works as well as anything at home, and it’s exciting times for him.”

Tipitena turned round Cork form with favourite Hazel Bay in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Willie McCreery’s four-year-old, sent off at 7-1 under Billy Lee, defied market expectations to win by three-quarters of a length.

Construct was a hard-fought winner of the Roscommon Handicap, on his second start since switching to John McConnell’s dual-purpose yard.

Formerly with Ralph Beckett, the four-year-old gelding made a decent start in his new surroundings when a close third at Dundalk last month, and got the better of a duel with 7-2 joint-favourite Happy Company here to prevail by half a length at 9-1 under Ross Coakley.

Dual bumper winner Jerandme overcame a 304-day absence to open his account over jumps for trainer Noel Meade and jockey Sean Flanagan, by two lengths at 2-1 in the Follow Us On Facebook Maiden Hurdle.

Osmotic, 5-2 favourite and half-brother to former Champion Hurdle winner Faugheen, took the closing Kepak INH Flat Race by three and a quarter lengths under Jamie Codd for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud.

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