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Gusty Rocky breezes to Ulster Cesarewitch win for in-form Lee

Gusty Rocky
Gusty Rocky

Billy Lee enjoyed a treble at Down Royal, completed by Gusty Rocky's success in the West Coast Cooler Fashion Week Ulster Cesarewitch Handicap.

Pat Flynn's charge didn't fire at the Galway Festival on his last foray on to the Flat, but he reproduced the talent he displays over hurdles to see off Automated by two and a quarter lengths.

Lee said: "It's been a good day. Pat was hoping for a good run from this fellow.

"I just took all the chances and crept away. When he got the gap he picked up well and went to the line well.

"He had good form over hurdles but I suppose that's the first day he's put it on to the Flat.

"He's a very straightforward horse, to be fair. Pat said to take my time on him, tip away and see what way the race works out."

Childhood (7-2) hadn't shown a massive amount leading into the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden but the money came for her and she rewarded it in the hands of Lee.

Willie McCreery's juvenile went in pursuit of Hunaina in the final furlong and got on top close home to force the odds-on favourite to settle for second for the fourth time in a row.

The middle leg of Lee's treble came when he drove 10-1 shot Modern Tutor to victory in the Weatherbys Handicap.

Trevanna showed the well-being of the Kevin Prendergast string ahead of Awtaad's run on Irish Champions Weekend by springing a 40-1 surprise in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden.

The newcomer looked booked for a minor role at best until the penny dropped and she came with a wet sail to deny the running-on Hansian Prince by a neck, although she had to survive a stewards' inquiry.

Hayes said: "I rang the boss (Prendergast) for instructions and he said to me 'bide your time and see what happens' but it's probably the worst ride I've ever given one of his horses.

"If I didn't win I'd say there could have been a change of jockey over the weekend!

"She's tough, tenacious and stuck at it well and would have been an unlucky loser. Hopefully she'll win again."

Accalia bettered her recent second placings in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF for older horses.

The 13-8 joint-favourite quickened into the lead at the top of the straight and had enough up her sleeve when tackled late on by market rival Waitaki to prevail by a neck.

Jockey Colin Keane was back in the winner's circle after making all of the running on 9-2 joint-favourite Twist Of Magic in the HSS Hire Nursery Handicap.

Rolanna (11-2) and Tempo Mac (5-1) made their challenges at the same time in the West Coast Cooler Apprentice Handicap and after a lengthy photo finish, the judge couldn't separate them.


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