Heffernan and O’Brien team up to complete Cork double

Wednesday, Oct 10 2018

Seamie Heffernan was quick off the mark at Cork on Wednesday as he completed a double for trainer Aidan O’Brien in the opening two races.

Coral Beach ended a long wait for a breakthrough victory when taking the opening Kanturk Median Auction Maiden.

Heffernan had to bide his time on the 5-2 favourite before producing her to lead inside the final furlong and record a half-length success on her 11th career outing.

“She works like a Group filly and I wouldn’t be surprised if she ended up winning a Group race,” said the winning rider.

Heffernan was back in the winner’s enclosure half an hour later after 7-2 shot Credenza held on gamely to land the one-mile nursery.

The Galileo filly hit the front over a furlong home, but was strongly pressed in the closing stages and only had a short-head to spare at the line over Facethepuckout.

Heffernan said:: “She is a Listed Stakes filly going a mile and a half.”

Gavin Cromwell is also aiming high with Innamorare after she swooped late to land the 30,000 euro fillies’ handicap over a mile.

Chris Hayes produced the 7-1 shot to challenge inside the final furlong and she stuck her head in front close home for a neck victory over Waitaki.

“She could potentially be a black type filly. We are a long way off that yet, but who knows? She is progressive,” said Cromwell.

Cromwell bagged his own brace in the finale as Fuwairt swooped from last to first to claim the seven-furlong handicap under Kevin Manning.

There was also a double on the card for trainer Joseph O’Brien after the victory of King’s Field in the Mallow Maiden supplemented the feature race success of Ships Of Dreams.

Donnacha O’Brien always had 11-8 favourite King’s Field to the fore and he stayed on best in the closing stages to see off Encantador by a length.

The Denis Hogan-trained Stormy Air recorded back-to-back successes at Cork when coming with a well-timed run, under Killian Hennessy, to claim the apprentice handicap.

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