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Beauty Inspire stays unbeaten at the Curragh

Beauty Inspire got on top in the closing stages to maintain his unbeaten record in the Jebel Ali Racecourse And Stables Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh.

Ger Lyons’ two-year-old backed up his course success three weeks earlier to bag the Group Three prize over six and a half furlongs in determined fashion.

Sent off the 1-2 favourite it was only in the final half-furlong Beauty Inspire asserted after Hadman had made the running.

The Mehmas colt appreciated the slightly extra distance from his debut to win by a length and a quarter from Andreas Vesalius in the hands of Colin Keane.

Shane Lyons, assistant to his brother, said: “He wasn’t as visually as impressive as the first day, but the first day was only a maiden.

“To be honest it looks like he hasn’t learned an awful lot from the first day. He was very keen in the race and probably disappointed himself a little, as he’s a horse that can’t hit the front too soon because he’s still a baby.

“He did fight for Colin after. He’s a Christian at home and he’s obviously a very good horse.”

Asked about plans, he added: “We’ll take him home and let him tell us when he’s ready again. It could be the Phoenix or the Middle Park. He has entries in York as well.

“We think he’ll come on an awful lot from that, it’s only his second race. It’s a tough ask to come out there and do that and he’s done it.

“Colin said he loved the ground, which is a help. He’s a lovely horse – we knew that the first day – and we would have been disappointed today if he had been beaten.”

Beauty Inspire was cut to 33-1 from 50-1 for the 2000 Guineas with Betfair and Paddy Power.

Major Power and Danny Sheehy on the way to winning the Paddy Power Scurry Handicap
Major Power and Danny Sheehy on the way to winning the Paddy Power Scurry Handicap (Brian Lawless/PA)

Major Power was a shock 50-1 winner of the Paddy Power Scurry Handicap.

Ridden by 3lb claimer Danny Sheehy, the Edward Lynam-trained grey held the late challenge of Hightimeyouwon by a head to land the €59,000 first prize.

“I heard they were all backing the other horse, Rough Diamond. He ran OK but probably wouldn’t be battle hardened,” said Lynam.

“It’s nice to get and I’m delighted. If he could turn out as good as the one that won it last year (Romantic Proposal) we’d be doing all right, but that might be a bit hopeful.

“I’m delighted to win with him. He was a good horse for the Friday nights at Dundalk.

“I’ve been moaning to Garry O’Gorman (handicapper) that he’s too high on the turf, so I’d say his turf rating will go back up to the same as his all-weather rating.”

Georgie Benson steered Elite Trooper Grey (14-1) to victory in the Kildare Village Ladies Derby Handicap.

The five-year-old, trained by Denise Foster, had not run on the Flat for 645 days but had a spin over hurdles just 16 days earlier.

She emerged late on the scene to beat Crassus by a length and a quarter, with Drayton Cross three and a quarter lengths away in third.

Georgie Benson gave Elite Trooper Grey a fine ride
Georgie Benson gave Elite Trooper Grey a fine ride (Brian Lawless/PA)

“He loved that good ground, the uphill finish and the sun on his back,” said Foster.

“She gave him a great ride. She held on to him and when she brought him a little bit wide he just went ‘oh, I’m gone’. It was a very good ride.

“She was so composed. She’s ridden in point-to-points and rides out in Cullentra a lot. She’d be one of the good work riders and schools over fences as well. She’s a very accomplished rider. That was great to see her do that.”

Foster added: “He’s a lovely horse and there should be something for him in Galway. It’s lovely to have a dual-purpose horse like that who can do both.

“He’s a quality horse and he enjoyed that. Getting his head in front will make him feel good about himself.”

Dinard Rose (4-1) gave trainer Nina Walsh her first success on the Flat when regaining the lead close home in the Aquaturf Handicap.

Ever Present looked like taking her 100 per cent record to three when heading Dinard Rose in the final furlong – but the latter rallied in game fashion for 3lb claimer Andrew Slattery to get the verdict by half a length.

Dinard Rose gets the better of Ever Present at the Curragh
Dinard Rose gets the better of Ever Present at the Curragh (Brian Lawless/PA)

Walsh said: “I’m delighted, that’s brilliant. This is where I had my first winner as a jockey and it’s nice to have my first winner on the Flat here.

“I’m delighted she’s come back to form and delighted to have her back.

“I basically just have her to run. I had a point-to-pointer that I didn’t sell as a store, but he won in the spring so I only have her.

“I’m delighted to trick around with her and she’s a great lead for the young horses. She’s a great yardstick.

“Noel (Meade) did a brilliant job with her. I’ve moved back up home and that’s why I took her as I had time to do my own thing with her, and I had my licence.

“I said I might as well take her back and I’m delighted I did as I get a bit of fun out of her. She’s been running consistently.”

Walsh trained the winner of a steeplechase, Blaze of Fire, at Killarney eight years ago under her maiden name of Nina Carberry.

Beauty Inspire signals rich potential with Curragh victory

Beauty Inspire stamped himself out an exciting prospect when making a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes at the Curragh.

The Ger Lyons-trained youngster overcame his obvious inexperience to easily brush aside the opposition.

His reputation preceded him as Beauty Inspire was sent off the 16-5 favourite, and he holds an early-closing entry in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes over the same six furlongs in August.

Ultramarine and Up Above were among the early leaders, and the race looked wide open until Colin Keane produced the Mehmas colt on the far side.

Beauty Inspire crossed the line three and three-quarters to the good over Cowboy Justice, despite drifting towards the centre of the course.

“This horse came from Tally-Ho Stud very well prepared,” said Shane Lyons, assistant to his brother.

“Ours improve for their first run. But in fairness to the boys (Tony and Roger O’Callaghan), he came well recommended – and how right they were.

“We don’t normally make early-closing entries for horses that have never run – but we did with this lad (in the Phoenix Stakes), because we have always liked him.

“His owners are from Hong Kong, and ultimately he will probably end up going there, but we are going to enjoy his two-year-old career. He’s smart and has always showed a very good temperament.”

Discoveries showed the benefit of a previous run when opening her account at the second attempt in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

The full sister to the brilliant Alpha Centauri and Alpine Star held the strong challenge of Aidan O’Brien’s Tuesday to take the seven-furlong contest by a short head.

The pair of them had the race between them after Discoveries (7-4 favourite) hit the front over a furlong out to deny the full sister to Minding and this year’s Irish 1,000 Guineas scorer Empress Joephine.

Jessica Harrington’s daughter of Mastercraftsman knuckled down to her task, and would not be denied under a drive from Shane Foley.

Owned by the Niarchos Family, Discoveries had finished fourth on her debut at Leopardstown three weeks ago, and the County Kildare trainer has big plans for her.

Harrington said: “She is keeping the family tradition going and is still very green. Being in front for so long probably didn’t suit her.

“She improved a lot from the first run to this race, and will improve again. The Debutante and the Moyglare are two races we have in mind for her.

“Shane felt she would be much better in a better race, where they could take her along. She’s very leery and looking at everything – a lot more than her other siblings.”

Ice Cold In Alex pounced late to claim victory in the Brady Family Supporting Barretstown Handicap, in the colours of Middleham Park Racing.

Ken Condon’s seven-year-old had not won since August 2018 but showed he still retains plenty of ability to beat 25 rivals in cosy fashion.

The 14-1 shot had plenty to do a furlong out but weaved his way through the field and went on to score by a length and a quarter from Dixie Bluebell in the hands of 5lb claimer Joey Sheridan.

Imposing Supreme was half a length away in third, with Hightimeyouwon a head back in fourth.

Sheridan said: “He was probably a bit unlucky the last day. Mr Condon said you can’t ride him safe – he needs all the luck, and thankfully he had all the luck today.

“I’m very grateful to Mr Condon and his owners Middleham Park, because it’s great to get rides like this on big weekends. It puts you in the shop window.”

The feature Bord Na Mona Recycling Apprentice Derby went to a Jim Bolger-trained winner for the third time in the last four years as Beyond Happy broke his duck at the fifth career attempt.

Luke McAteer was all smiles after his fine front-running ride as the 4-1 shot saw off a host of challengers in the straight and still had enough to repel outsider Allora Yeats close home, by a length and a quarter.

Bolger’s daughter Una Manning said: “It’s a prestigious race for apprentices, and nice to win a race like that on Derby weekend as well.

“The boss gave Luke his instructions before he went racing, and told him that he thought he would win.

“He’s a lightly-raced, nice type – and there should be more in him. He appreciated the step up in trip as well.”

Interpretation provided a first success of this year’s Irish Derby meeting for O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore when making much of the running and then keeping favourite Safecracker at bay by a length in the  Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

O’Brien said of his 7-2 winner: “I think he’ll stay further and have no problem with a mile and a half anyway.

“Those type of horses can progress, and he went to the line with his ears pricked.”

Sheridan completed a double when the front-running Longbourn won the TRI Equestrian Handicap for trainer Ross O’Sullivan, at 9-1 and by a length and three-quarters from Solene Lilyette.