Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Violet enjoys her day out

Jessie Harrington
Jessie Harrington

Violet Lashes showed her appreciation for a drop down from Listed company as she got her head in front at the sixth attempt in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden at Roscommon.

Unable to get in a blow against Kissed at Navan last time, Jessie Harrington's filly didn't help her own cause when she broke away before the start and she had to be caught before Fran Berry could get on board.

She drifted out to 5-4, but remained favourite and there were no alarms in the race as she led inside the final quarter-mile and comfortably disposed of market rival Dougal Philps by four lengths.

The trainer said: "I was a bit worried beforehand, but she is just a madam. I'm delighted today was her day. She won very well and seems to stay. I'm not very worried after today."

Consonance looked to have beaten off all-comers when he led into the final furlong of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden, but Gary Carroll got a final push from Our Conor (13-2), who caught the front-runner close home to score by a neck.

Trainer Dessie Hughes said: "It was a weak maiden and he had run well in a good Curragh maiden first time out. The handicapper shouldn't be too hard on him. He was bought to be a dual purpose horse and he will definitely make a hurdler in time."

Marc Monaghan hit the front approaching the final furlong on Gra Geal Mo Chroi in the Budweiser Handicap and Austin Leahy's well-backed 6-1 co-favourite was always holding Lethal Weapon's late surge, winning by half a length.

The trainer said: "Soft ground was a major plus for her. The young lad says she was eager to get to the front, so there was no point in disappointing her. He rides well and she will go to Sligo next."

There was plenty of money for Mountain Mama in the Ladies Day At Roscommon July 9th Handicap and the 7-4 favourite held every chance, but she just could not hunt down Jimmy Coogan's all-the-way winner Theyturnedmedown (16-1), who held on by two lengths under Leigh Roche.

Coogan was represented by his brother Benjy, who said: "He wore blinkers once as a two-year-old and we put them on him again recently. The plan was to drop him in, but he jumped off in front and kept on galloping and stayed there."

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