Seanie springs Fairyhouse surprise
Published 19/09/2011 | 00:00
David Marnane bagged a big prize at Fairyhouse yesterday when outsider Seanie swept to victory in the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes.
The Group One-placed Tough As Nails attempted to make most in the seven-furlong contest, and looked at one stage as though he might do it.
But his stamina gave way approaching the final furlong as Seanie, a once-raced 40/1 chance, rocketed past under Colm O'Donoghue.
Despite wandering momentarily on hitting the front, the Kodiac gelding had plenty in reserve to score by a length and a half from Absolute Crackers, with Azamata third and Three Am Tour fourth for Richard Hannon.
“I always thought he was going to make a fabulous three-year-old. He's got loads of scope, and is still very green and raw. There is a lot more improvement there,” said Marnane.
Connections of Ronan's Bay have high hopes after she prevailed in the fillies maiden for juveniles.
The daughter of Johannesburg is in the care of George Kent, a restricted licence holder based in Tramore who was saddling his first winner on the Flat as the 8/1 chance held on from 100/1 newcomer Susiescot by a nose.
Krivan made virtually all of the running to land the opening six-furlong maiden.
Michael Halford's charge was always in command once bagging the rail in front, and responded well to Shane Foley's urgings in the home straight to beat Fred Fenster by two and three-quarter lengths.
Halford and Foley were left disappointed in the Alternative All-Ireland Handicap as Solo Performer swooped late to deny their Sonapour.
Foley swept to the front on Sonapour just after the home turn, but he was a little wayward in the straight and Solo Performer ran home to win by half a length under Chris Hayes.