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Sun takes a shine to Cork


Sun On The Run (left) wins a battle with Sruthan

Sun On The Run (left) wins a battle with Sruthan

Sun On The Run (left) wins a battle with Sruthan

Sun On The Run won for the third time in three visits to Cork as he initiated a double for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning in the feature corkracecourse.ie Navigation Stakes.

The four-year-old was a progressive type in the early part of the season and had not been seen since early June, but he was only 7-2 for this Listed contest so there was plenty of faith in him.

Manning sent him through a gap on the inside and in a four-strong battle royal he proved the strongest, edging out the favourite Sruthan by half a length, with Stuccodor and Ebeyina not far away.

Manning said: "He was very consistent in the spring and he's grinded it out well there. He handles the ground well, and travelled really well today. I just had a question mark about the trip, but he's seen it out well."

The trainer and jockey doubled up when Flight Risk (evens favourite), who wasn't far away in a Group Three in August, picked up from the quarter-mile pole to go clear in the Cork Racecourse Facebook Maiden, winning by half a length as Dancing Soprano closed.

Mandamus sprung a 33-1 surprise as he stepped up on previous performances to win at the fifth time of asking in the Coolmore Most Improved Maiden.

The race looked to be between Dawn Mirage and Corbata entering the final quarter-mile as they built a handy lead, but Sheila Lavery's youngster cut them down inside the final furlong and won by an impressive three lengths under Ronan Whelan.

The jockey said: "When he got to the front he wasn't doing a whole lot. Sheila said he wasn't a 33-1 shot, and he loved the ground. He's a typical Lawman. I was drawn high and didn't get away that well, so I needed to ride a bit for luck. Hopefully he'll improve, but the ground will be the key to him."

Champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins picked up a nice prize when 5-1 favourite Laviniad broke her duck at the 13th attempt in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap, hitting the front a furlong and a half out under John Egan and quickly putting the race to bed to win by two and three-quarter lengths.

The jockey said: "Joseph (O'Brien, who rode her on her previous start) said that was her trip and in fairness he got it right. She has been running well all season. She travelled well and just idled a bit in front."

Ado McGuinness's seven-year-old Bubbly Bellini was always prominent in the Ticket Sales Online Handicap and with the testing conditions in his favour, the 11-2 favourite kept up the gallop under Declan McDonogh to win by two and a half lengths.

The trainer said: "It's his ground and he's slid down the ratings a bit. He's run good races in big handicaps during the year, like the Rockingham. He's entered at Navan on Wednesday and will go there, and he could even go to Leopardstown next weekend."

There was a terrific three-way finish to the Follow Us On Twitter Apprentice Handicap and it went to in-form teenager Donnacha O'Brien on John Joe Walsh's 7-1 shot Apache Gold, who fought back to win by a nose after looking to have been headed.

The winning trainer said: "He won this race last year and loves the soft ground. Donnacha gave him a great ride. He's a nice young lad and a good rider."