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Logo hunting further sprint gains

Bargain-buy Logo Hunter bids to continue his prolific campaign in the Paddy Power Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

Despite placing on each of his two juvenile starts for Ger Lyons, the son of Brazen Beau changed hands for just 5,000 guineas in the autumn and has proved an extremely shrewd purchase.

Since joining Cashel-based trainer Michael Browne, Logo Hunter has won four of six outings, with his last couple of victories coming in Listed company.

The three-year-old is a hot favourite to successfully graduate to Group Two class on Irish Oaks day.

“He’s in great form and we’re looking forward to running him,” said Browne.

“It’s not a great race, but there’s no such thing as a soft Group Two.

“I think he’ll love the ground. He’s like a daisy cutter at home, so the ground should be in his favour.”

Asked how he managed to secure Logo Hunter for such a low fee, the trainer added: “It’s nothing short of a miracle, but miracles happen.

“Hopefully he can continue. The problem is you get a bit greedy – when you win a few races, you want to win more.

“The bubble hasn’t burst yet. Hopefully it doesn’t burst on Saturday.”

Logo Hunter is set to face seven rivals over the straight five furlongs, including the Johnny Murtagh-trained Measure Of Magic.

The Kodi Bear filly actually beat Logo Hunter at Navan in the spring and was last seen finishing an excellent third in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Murtagh said: “She’s come out of Ascot well. I’m looking forward to seeing her go again.

“She ran well at Ascot and I think she’ll appreciate the better ground.

“This is the next step up – taking on older horses.”

Edward Lynam’s Romantic Proposal, Joe Murphy’s Gustavus Weston and Denis Hogan’s stable stalwart Make A Challenge also feature.

Six juveniles have been declared for the Group Three Jebel Ali Racecourse And Stables Anglesey Stakes, with Joseph O’Brien responsible for both Andreas Vesalius and Hadman.

The trainer told Betfair: “Andreas Vesalius improved for the step up to six furlongs as we had hoped he would when finishing a good sixth in the Railway Stakes last time.

“That was a particularly strong race and he would have finished even closer but for suffering interference inside the final furlong.

“This race isn’t quite as deep and we think there could well be more improvement in him, so he looks to have a solid chance.

“Hadman has improved with each of his four starts, winning a maiden at Gowran Park and a winners’ race at Naas last time. He still looked a bit raw at Naas and I’d be hopeful that he can improve again

“This trip seems fine for him and I’m hopeful that he can run a good race.”

Lyons is represented Beauty Inspire, who made a big impression when making a successful start to his career at the Curragh three weeks ago, while Aidan O’Brien relies upon The Entertainer.

Celtic Times (Jim Bolger) and Daisy Peers (Fozzy Stack) complete the sextet.

Logo Hunter wins again with bigger targets ahead

Logo Hunter scored successive Listed wins when taking the five-furlong Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork for Michael Browne and Billy Lee.

The 5,000 guineas purchase has been a revelation for Browne, who trains just five horses in Tipperary, winning twice before landing the Listed Sole Power Sprint at Naas on his last appearance.

The gelding was sent off the 8-11 favourite and justified those odds when taking up the lead with a furlong left to travel and staying on to triumph by a length and a half from Dickiedooda.

“Michael is at the sales, he’s selling and I’d say it is killing him not to be here,” said owner Patrick Moyles.

“He went very well and Billy was full of praise with him.

“He said the ground was a bit dead but when he asked him to go he went on again, he hadn’t done a whole pile since his last race.”

Browne was expecting the horse to be swiftly sold after his rise to prominence in the sprint division, but Moyles is yet to accept an offer and intends to keep the partnership intact for the time being.

“There was loads of interest and loads of offers but nothing right yet,” said Moyles.

“Maybe there will be after this, although we’ve looked at a few Group races for him, so he’ll go for the Group Two Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh in a month. He is very exciting and we’re all delighted.

“We are enjoying the racing at the minute and if he is sold so be it, but for now we are happy to keep going and he has picked up a good pot today.”

Morph Speed (7-2 joint favourite) claimed his third race for trainer Richard O’Brien when taking the Cork Derby by three-quarters of a length.

The five-year-old only joined O’Brien’s stable in April and his last run saw him win at Leopardstown, a result that earned him a 6lb penalty when he lined up at Cork.

“This is a massive deal for us to win a race of this calibre,” said O’Brien.

“He made a little heavy weather of winning last week, but looks to me like he has stepped forward.

“He is hugely progressive, is a lovely staying handicapper but I might have had my fun as I have a feeling Johnny (Hassett, owner) might sell him.

“He is a beautiful horse, is very straightforward and has really hit a vein of form and looks quite versatile ground-wise.”

Jessica Harrington’s Impeachd Alexander prevailed from a tight finish to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden as the 13-8 favourite.

“She was quite green here on her debut when she missed the kick, so I got her in amongst them and taught her something,” said jockey Shane Foley.

“She was in a different category today, well switched on – maybe even a bit too much in my hands.

“We were headed in the closing stages so she had to be tough.”

Ted Walsh trained a winner for his daughter Katie as London Royal (2-1) struck in the six-furlong Mallow Maiden under Gary Carroll.

“I bought him as a yearling to go to the breeze-ups and he went to the French Arqana Breeze-Ups run in Doncaster last year, however he pulled a muscle in the breeze, I couldn’t sell him and I brought him home,” the winning owner explained.

“When you bring them back from the breeze-ups, it is very competitive and when you come to a premier track in Cork you are hoping and wishing it all goes right, and it did. Gary said he ran to above 80, which is good, and he is open to improvement.

“Everything is for sale and I’m delighted for the owner, she is tricky!”

Screen Siren then avenged her narrow loss in the Cork Racecourse Handicap in May to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies & Mares Handicap at 17-2 for Sarah Lynam and Mike Sheehy.

“I know the family well and have a good few of the relations at home,” Lynam said.

Logo Hunter poised for Cork before Curragh assignment

Logo Hunter is to bid for a second Listed success in the Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork on Wednesday before going on to bigger things.

Trainer Michael Browne dispelled speculation about the three-year-old being sold and is now looking ahead to the rest of the season.

The Cashel handler has ruled out supplementing Logo Hunter for the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and has a Group Two contest at the Curragh in mind after Cork.

The Nunthorpe Stakes at York is a possible Group One target later on.

Browne said: “He’s running in Cork next week. He’s in great form, I gave him a small little blow this morning.

“There was a query yesterday that he was sold and going to be supplemented for the King’s Stand, but that’s not going to happen now. He’s not being sold.

“Everyone wants him to go to the King’s Stand, but it costs £30,000 to supplement him. He can go to Cork and then he can go to the Curragh for a Group Two and then he can go to the Nunthorpe.

“There’s loads of races for him. I’d love to go to Royal Ascot, but I think it might be a step too far just at the moment.”

Logo Hunter plunders Sole Power prize for Michael Browne

Logo Hunter continued his fine run of form when a conclusive winner of the Listed Sole Power Sprint Stakes at Naas for small-scale trainer Michael Browne.

A 5,000 guineas purchase for owner Patrick Moyles, the gelded son of Brazen Beau had finished in the frame on each of his four previous runs this term, previously winning the Cork Racecourse Handicap before being narrowly denied in the Committed Stakes at Navan – the latter performance being his trainer’s first ever runner in a Listed race.

This time the three-year-old was not going to be bettered and raced dominantly underneath Seamie Heffernan to triumph by four and a quarter lengths at odds of 11-2.

“I couldn’t describe the feeling – it’s unreal,” said Browne, who trains just five horses in Cashel, Tipperary.

“Seamie was adamant the whole time that he was a Group One sprinter and he’s right. I was doubtful with all the rain, but Seamie told me to run him.

“There is a race in Mallow in a bit over a fortnight’s time (the Listed Midsummer Sprint on June 9) that he’ll probably go for. I’d like to have run him in the Commonwealth Cup, but he can’t go there as he’s a gelding.

“That’s his trip, five furlongs, and he’ll be a lot better on better ground.

“He doesn’t need any work, just keep him fresh.

“Unfortunately he’ll probably be sold, but he’s given me some thrill up to now.”

The second Listed race on the card, the seven-furlong Owenstown Stud Stakes, went the way of Joseph O’Brien’s Snapraeterea and jockey Declan McDonogh.

The three-year-old made all and at one stage enjoyed a two-length lead, with runner-up Lustown Baba making a late challenge but ultimately finding O’Brien’s colt well able to hold on to a half-length victory.

Brendan Powell, assistant to O’Brien, said: “He really toughed it out there, he enjoys making the running and will stay a mile. He had a couple of runs and was fit and well.

“He settled there after a couple of furlongs and Declan has given him a brilliant ride.”

Andreas Vesalius led from the outset to take the five-furlong Coolmore Stud Calyx Race under Dylan Browne McMonagle, one of two winners for Joseph O’Brien.

The Caravaggio colt started at 11-4 and did not see any of his four rivals when taking the lead instantly and retaining it to cross the line a length and three-quarters ahead of 2-1 favourite Silver Surfer.

“Dylan has done the right thing as he’s sat in front and when he kicked, he had them at it behind,” said Powell.

“He said the further he went, the better he went.

“He’s a sweet horse, a lovely temperament and the most laid-back horse you will get.

“Dylan said he could go for a Listed race, he’s tough and will cope with most types of ground.

“That’s our first two-year-old winner and I think we have only run about three.”

Jessica Harrington’s Espouse was a 28-1 winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, laying down a late challenge to pass 5-1 shot Frill.

The three-year-old was making her second racecourse appearance after finishing seventh on debut at the same track last September, and was this time a three-quarter-length winner under Tom Madden.

“She was good over that trip and with the hood she gave me a great ride,” the jockey said.

“She was very professional and finished out the race well.

“Hopefully she is something to look forward to over a mile or a mile and a quarter.

“She was nearly a bit too relaxed with the hood on, it definitely helps her and the last furlong was her strongest part of the race.”

Pepperoni Pete then gave Harrington a double on the card in the Royal Ascot Trials At Naas Handicap at 12-1.

Surging up the centre of the track in the penultimate furlong, the five-year-old was able to pass 7-2 favourite Starting Monday to prevail by a length and three-quarters under Scott McCullagh.

Khartoum was a ready winner on his handicap debut when taking the one-mile Naas Handicap by two lengths for Aidan O’Brien.

The colt, who was a $1million purchase, was last seen finishing last of 10 in the Group Three Craven Stakes at Newmarket.

“He went to Newmarket and he was too fresh and did too much,” O’Brien said.

“He settled and quickened up well today, he won nicely.

“I always thought he wanted good ground, but he won his maiden on soft ground Ryan (Moore) said it is proper soft ground there today.”