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Ballybacka springs Trial surprise


Ballybacka Lady springs a shock under Fran Berry

Ballybacka Lady springs a shock under Fran Berry

Ballybacka Lady springs a shock under Fran Berry

Ballybacka Lady stunned punters with a shock 33-1 success in the Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown.

Fran Berry rode the Pat Fahy-trained filly with the utmost confidence, sending her into the lead well over a furlong out to have the opposition struggling, before comfortably holding Sapphire Pendant by a length and three-quarters.

"That's my first stakes winner. We've been very lucky with her and we've just a few for the Flat," said County Carlow-based Fahy.

"She broke smart, which made all the difference. I was worried about her with the stalls after what happened at Dundalk last time (dwelt when sixth a month ago).

"She had decent form in the book and it is unbelievable to have a filly like that. She'll go for the Guineas at the Curragh now, Fran said she is well entitled to take her chance."

Famous Name repeated last season's success in the Group Three Amethyst Stakes with the minimum of fuss, kicking the pacesetters aside a quarter of a mile out and sprinting clear to win by seven lengths under Pat Smullen.

Trainer Dermot Weld said: "Famous Name is a proper horse. I think he's won close to a million euros in win and placed prize-money now - he was second in a French Derby.

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"He is entered in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and before that I'll review this race and see what runs at the Curragh. We might look at the Irish Champion Stakes with him. It wasn't his day in that race last year but he still finished on their heels."

French Emperor stepped up considerably on his Dundalk debut run to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden.

Gin Rummy set the pace but ran wide at the bend, allowing Colm O'Donoghue to burst through the gap on Eddie Lynam's youngster, and the 12-1 shot pulled away nicely to score by three and a half lengths from Perfect Godess.

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