Master Speaker delivers birthday winner for McGuinness at Killarney

Friday, Jul 19 2019

Master Speaker showed a decisive turn of foot to land the Tote Handicap in emphatic style at Killarney and give Adrian McGuinness a birthday winner.

Chris Hayes bided his time on the nine-year-old, who has now booked his ticket to the Galway Festival.

Marshall Jennings and Tony The Gent took the seven runners along in the early stages of the mile event, while Master Speaker sat off the pace.

Hitting top gear inside the final furlong, the 8-1 shot asserted in the final 100 yards to win, going away, by two and three-quarter lengths from Yuften.

“We are going to Galway with him,” said McGuinness.

“There was a good pot of money here and we said we’d come and have a whack at it. The horse is in great form and he worked well the other day.

“I didn’t enter him in the Galway Mile because I didn’t think he’d get into it, so he goes for the seven (furlongs) on the Sunday and he’ll run in the 0-90 earlier in the week.

“He’s been a great servant and has slipped down a bit. He’s run solid races all year and deserved that.”

Hayes doubled up when bringing Aidan Howard’s Franklyn (11-1) with a well-timed run to collar Ellaat near the line in the 11-furlong Tote Handicap.

Howard said: “I was hopeful coming here today. He was green and raw, and when Chris got stuck into him he stayed on well.

“He’s entered again on Monday and on Thursday so we’ll see how he comes out of this.”

Shoulda Lied (11-4 favourite) took the lead well inside the final furlong under Colin Keane to win the Tote Handicap over two miles and a furlong.

Willie Mullins’ five-year-old got home by a length and a quarter from El Tren with long-time leader Magen’s Moon third.

Keane said: “The step up in trip suited him today and we went a nice gallop the whole way.”

Max Dynamite (1-7 favourite) gave Mullins a double when duly landing the odds in the Tote (Q.R.) Race, in the hands of the trainer’s son Patrick.

“That was very straightforward and it was great for him to get his head back in front, as he hasn’t won in about two years,” said the winning rider, whose mount was last seen finishing third at Royal Ascot under Ryan Moore.

“He’s hard to place at this stage of his career. Jimmy Kelly led him up and has looked after him for many years and loves him.

“We’ll be trying to pot hunt with him and hopefully he qualifies to run in more amateur-rider races.”

Lougher (11-2) put up a gutsy performance when making all the running to get off the mark in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race.

The Richard O’Brien-trained filly had shown promise in her two previous starts, and found more for Robbie Colgan when challenged in the straight to hold Justina by three-quarters of a length.

O’Brien said: “Robbie was brilliant on her as he kept it simple and went a nice even gallop.

“She has entries in the Debutante and the Moyglare, but it doesn’t look like she wants dropping back to seven furlongs.

“We might focus now on next year as she’s bred to get a mile and a half.”

Never Rains (100-30 favourite) got up close home under a patient ride by Andrew Slattery to open her account at the eighth attempt in the Tote Claiming Race.

Adapt To Dan hit the front a furlong out, but was nailed near the line by Fozzy Stack’s three-year-old filly, who got the verdict by half a length.

Slattery said: “Everything fell right today and she won well in the end.

“She will probably go further again. That good gallop suited her so further is probably the way for her.”

The winner was claimed by Denis Hogan for 7,000 euro.

The John Oxx-trained Monty’s Miracle (14-1) made all in the Tote Maiden, with 4-6 favourite Gardens Of Babylon only third, on his return to the Flat having finished third at Cheltenham before winning at Punchestown.

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