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Sarah’s Pretty good weekend with £60k Curragh second place


By Ron McKnight

Banbridge trainer Sarah Dawson followed up her Down Royal success on Friday night, when Magic Sea sprang a 20/1 shock victory in the Nursery Handicap, with a big money second place at the Curragh yesterday.

The local trainer has her team in top form and was represented on Irish Champions Weekend by Pretty Boy Floyd in the Tattersalls Super Auction Sales Stakes. Dawson's runner did her proud in the £300,0000 contest with 30 runners when finishing runner up and picking up £60,000 in prize money.

Pretty Boy Floyd was having his first handicap start and for the first time was fitted with a visor. The 66/1 chance is owned by Belfast solicitor Gerry McManus and bought in a private sale by the trainer for £22,500 at the Tattersalls Yearling Sale thus qualifying for the major two year old race.

Sarah said: "I have only the two 2 year olds in training - Magic Sea won at the Maze and this fella was brilliant here. This race was always the plan but I'll now consider a listed race somewhere. He showed here just what he can do. Several of the horses behind us hold major entries and the fourth horse is entered for next year's Guineas. Gerry McManus is on holiday in Portugal but has rang me and was able to see the race - I'm delighted as you could not train for a nicer gentleman. It's just been a brilliant weekend."

Top Banbridge amateur Steven Clements, a dual winner of the Amateur Derby at the Galway Festival, got on the scoreboard on the first session of the week long Listowel Festival when making all the running to score on the Alan Fleming trained Massey's Wood in the concluding bumper.

  • Good Luck Charm is certainly no back number at the age of eight, as he can demonstrate by registering his second course success of the season in the Stacatruc Forklifts Up The Handicap at Brighton.

Four of the Gary Moore-trained gelding's six wins have come at the seaside venue over seven furlongs and a fifth looks on the cards. He has had just the one run since his latest success and that was at Goodwood, where he stayed on steadily from the rear without being able to get in a blow in a race won by Wannabe Friends.

A return to his happy hunting ground can bring about a change of luck.

Rastrelli may be one of Godolphin's lesser lights but he has shown enough ability in both his starts to date to suggest he can win a race or two.

BRIGHTON: 2.25 Monteamiata, 2.55 Rastrelli, 3.25 GOOD LUCK CHARM (NAP), 3.55 Ablaze, 4.25 Av A Word, 4.55 Oakley Pride, 5.25 Intimately.

LISTOWEL: 2.30 Eire Rock, 3.00 Free To Roam, 3.30 Ice Storm, 4.00 Warm The Voice, 4.30 Poet Power, 5.00 Newstart, 5.30 Crocodile Dundee.

NEWTON ABBOT: 2.15 Holyrale, 2.45 Third Act, 3.15 Court King, 3.45 Kapricorne, 4.15 Buble, 4.45 Petrify.

PERTH: 2.05 Burlington Bert, 2.35 Johnny Go, 3.05 Pikarnia, 3.35 Hammersly Lake, 4.05 Urban Kode, 4.35 The Clock Leary, 5.05 Boris Grishenko.

DOUBLE: Good Luck Charm and Hammersly Lake

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