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Garnet glory for Handassa





Handassa finished best of all under Declan McDonogh to reward strong market support in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Garnet Stakes at Naas.

Empowering made a brave bid to make most and still led the field deep into the straight as the runners came over to the middle of the track.

The leader was strongly challenged by Hurricane Havoc, but as that battle was going on the Kevin Prendergast-trained Handassa hit top gear nearest the stands rail and the 7-2 favourite won going away in the end by two lengths. Hurricane Havoc was second, with Empowering third.

Prendergast said: "She loves easy ground. She ran well at Gowran last time out when the ground was like the road, although the official description was good to yielding. She flew up the hill today.

"She was only beaten five lengths in the 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on fast ground which she doesn't like. I don't know whether she will stay in training now, it's up to the boss (owner Sheikh Hamdan). He usually doesn't keep them on the go."

The victory completed a double for the trainer and jockey after Bulbul was played late in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden and showed a smart turn of foot to win impressively.

McDonogh had to be patient in waiting for a gap but once she saw daylight, the 7-2 chance swept aside favourite Bird's Eye View and streaked clear.

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Beau Amadeus (14-1) won for the first time in 11 outings in the valuable Derrinstown Stud EBF Birdcatcher Nursery. Wayne Lordan was struggling to keep him in touch at halfway, but Adrian McGuinness's juvenile stayed on stoutly and led well inside the final furlong to score by two lengths.

High-class jumpers Pittoni and Donnas Palm dominated the market for the Profile Systems Kommerling C70 Hurdle and they had the race between them from the second-last flight.

They were together at that point, but Pittoni (4-6 favourite) was going best and Charles Byrnes' five-year-old was shaken up to go clear by Barry Geraghty before easing home by 12 lengths.

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