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Postulation shines for Silver

Published 07/06/2015


Postulation lunged late to take gold in the TRI Equestrian Silver Stakes at the Curragh.

Pat Smullen's mount had raced at the rear of the field for much of the journey in company with odds-on favourite Parish Hall, who improved on the outside with quarter of a mile to run before leading a furlong out.

He was followed by Postulation and as the pair battled it out it was Dermot Weld's three-year-old (7-1) who took Listed honours by a neck.

There was a minor moment of drama when Parish Hall looked like he attempted to bite the winning rider.

Weld said: "Those were the tactics and it worked out well. It was a lovely ride by Pat, and his biggest worry was when the other horse moved towards him near the line!

"He's been a model of consistency and has never been out of the first three. That's his ideal trip and, with that win under his belt, we might travel with him now."

Smullen added: "We had a plan going out to follow Kevin (Manning, on Parish Hall) all the way, have one go and thankfully it paid off.

"To be fair to my horse he stepped up. The boss said to take your time and have one go and sometimes it works out perfectly."

The jockey doubled up when he had just enough in the tank to get Johnny Murtagh's 9-2 shot Duca Valentinois home by a short head in the Handicap.

Pullman Brown put in a sustained challenge through the final half-furlong and it was a close call, with just a short head in it at the line, while Xebec and Marshall Jennings were also very much on the premises.

Murtagh said: "We are thinking of going for a Premier Handicap now, and the syndicate would like a day out at Galway so we might head for the big handicap there (Topaz Mile). Lightly raced three-year-olds have a good record in the race."

Shane Kelly had to weave his way through to find a gap on Bainne (7-1) in the TRM Supporting Global Champions Handicap, but once in the clear Michael O'Callaghan's mare asserted to beat Battleroftheboyne by two lengths.

The trainer said: "Shane gave her a great ride. She looked boxed in and he did well to get her out. She's a nice type for those sprint handicaps and should be a real fun horse. She lost her way a bit in England and came to me around February time. She had a nice first run back, and I'm delighted the way she has progressed."

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