Hannon lands lucrative Curragh double

 

Trainer Richard Hannon enjoyed a lucrative double at the Curragh today as Soul City and Minor Vamp raced to victory to claim purses totalling €1.97million.

Richard Hughes was on board the former when landing the Parknasilla Hotel Goffs Million but was second behind Mick Kinane in the Fillies Million on another of the trainer's runners, Baileys Cacao. 

Favourite Luminous Eyes threw down a determined challenge on the far side but she had no answer to the devastating turn of foot demonstrated by Minor Vamp (10-1) in the centre.

A thoroughly respectable third to Rainbow View at Newmarket 50 days ago, she settled the event very quickly, despite a late effort from 9-1 chance Baileys Cacao.

Samba School was third at odds of 66-1.

On 5-2 favourite Soul City, Hughes drifted from the rail as Akrisrun challenged up his inside but kept finding more to hold off Jim Bolger's pair Gan Amhras and Intense Focus and claim €985,000.

Hannon said: "He's a very good horse and the winner of the Royal Lodge yesterday (Jukebox Jury, who was behind Soul City in France) proved it.

"He has won his last three and we work hard at buying these kind of horses and try and find what we like.

"There's no reason why he would not go on and be a nice three-year-old.

"He's one we could pack up this year and maybe have a go at the Guineas."

Chintz (6-1) added to trainer David Wachman's fine team of juveniles as she pulled nicely clear in the Group Three C.L Weld Park Stakes.

Despite a couple of second places since her maiden victory, neither performance was a great disgrace and she benefited from a cheeky ride from Seamus Heffernan.

They burst clear approaching the furlong marker and had enough of an advantage to deprive Mick Channon's Lahaleeb, who appeared to hang in the closing stages but was a deserved second.