Ship comes in for Lord Admiral
Leopardstown report:It took 20 races over two years, but Lord Admiral finally secured only the third success of his busy career by foiling the gambled-on favourite Modeeroch in last evening's Leopardstown feature.
Just a head separated the pair at the line in the Group Three Ballycorus Stakes, and for once the decision went the way of the Charles O'Brien-trained horse who was having the 33rd race of his life.
O'Brien, who trains the horse for his father, the legendary Vincent, has sent Lord Admiral around the world since the six-year-old last won, in the 2005 Glencarin Stakes, including two trips to Dubai and expeditions to Kentucky and California.
But it was closer to home last night where Michael Kinane worked the oracle, leaving O'Brien a relieved man.
"Twas a long time coming!" he grinned. "In fairness he never runs a bad race, except the last day at Gowran which was my fault because he can't run right-handed. I think we'll stick to here from now on - or anywhere left handed!"
Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen were in double form with newcomers in both juvenile maidens, and the filly Mad About You looks to be a particularly well regarded prospect after scoring by a length.
"I think she's a filly with a lot of potential, a lovely filly in the making and the obvious target for her will be the Moyglare Stud Stakes," Weld said.
"She will probably run in the Debutante Stakes as a prep'."
Going Public secured a dream run up the inner in the colts race to beat King Of Westphalia by a length, and a return to Leopardstown for the newly installed Golden Fleece Stakes next month is on the cards.
"It's a Listed race that is a logical next stop," the trainer said.
Weld was denied a treble in the last race when the favourite Westlake was edged out by half a length by Kieren Fallon's mount Honolulu.
The Co Meath trainer Eamon Delany bridged a considerable gap between wins himself as Zaharath Al Bustan landed the apprentice handicap at 16 to 1.
Alan Delany reported that his father's last winner was at Dundalk in 1997.
"We will try and get a winner now at our local track in Bellewstown," he added
Kieren Fallon skips today's home action at Clonmel and rides instead at Longchamp, where he has two rides for local trainers on the under-card.
Fallon successfully returned to France last weekend when he won a Group Three at Chantilly in his first visit since testing positive for cocaine last year.
There are two National Hunt races on today's Clonmel card, and champion amateur Nina Carberry looks to have the winning of both with Cait Ni Chaonaigh in the bumper and Mac Robin in the handicap chase.