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Magical Fire too hot at Fairyhouse

Magical Fire made full use of the drop in class when opening her account in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Fairyhouse.

Michael O'Callaghan's filly finished a good fifth behind Cuff in Listed company at Naas last month and went sent off the 5-4 market leader to deliver on that promise back at maiden level.

Despite enduring a wide trip for much of the 6f contest, jockey Kieren Fallon always cut a confident figure and his charge picked up really well once asked to claim Lady Beware at the furlong marker.

Fallon just had to keep his mount up to her work as she went on to record a one length success with newcomer Rehana flashing home late for third.

O'Callaghan said: "She's a lovely filly and very progressive at home in her work. The first run at Naas she was clueless and that's why we ran her as she needed to learn. She learned that day and she learned again in the Listed race.

"She's going to be a very nice filly one day as she has size and scope, and that ground would have been quick enough for her. She was only doing enough and pricked her ears in front.

"She may go for the Grangecon Stud Stakes, a Group 3 six-furlong race for fillies at the Curragh on Derby weekend."

Fallon completed a quickfire double 30 minutes later as Blairmayne (11-4 fav) claimed first prize the Summer Family Day & Fairyhouse July 10th Handicap, holding off the late challenge of Haqeeba by a length and a quarter.

There was to be another double later on the card as trainer Andy Oliver came up trumps with The Eyes Have It (9-2) in the Bet 5 Get 20 In Free Bets Handicap and Grey Blue Sky (9-2) in the Money Back If Beaten By A Length Or less Handicap.


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