McCreery fires in Tipperary treble

Sunday, Jun 23 2019

Willie McCreery continued his rich spell of form with a treble at Tipperary.

Sweetest Taboo was first to oblige on Sunday in the Buy Tickets Online At Handicap at 7-1 in the hands of Nathan Crosse.

She held off the persistent challenge of Wild Bob Cat by a neck, with Art Of Unity a length and a quarter back in third.

McCreery said: “She was thriving all summer, and I said I’d give her a bit of a shock and try her in a visor – so obviously it worked. The ease in the ground probably helped too, because she didn’t feel it as much.”

McCreery then completed a double of his own as Billy Lee jumped on the easy winner Memyselfandmoi (4-1 co-favourite)- who made all in the Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor Maiden.

“She is a very well-bred filly, and it was very important to get her to win because she is the first foal from the mare,” said the trainer.

“The mare is a smashing mare and is a half-sister to Daneleta, who is the dam of Intense Focus.

“She is five lengths better going that way, and a bit of ease in the ground helped. We’ll try and get black type with her.”

The treble was completed by Killourney (3-1) in the Follow @BetVictorRacing on Twitter Handicap, also ridden by Lee.

Andy Slattery and Ben Coen teamed up with two nice prospects as Kurpany and Cityman combined to give them a 32-1 double.

The secret was out about the newcomer Kurpany in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden – in which he was backed from 16-1 into 6-1.

A colt by Mayson, he was always well positioned by Coen, Slattery’s nephew – and they pulled four and a half lengths clear of Principalship.

“I think he is very good – and we worked him up the Curragh the other day, and I thought he was a Group horse,” said Slattery.

“He is going the right way and did what we expected.

“He is a Mayson, but I think he wants good ground and hopefully he goes on.

“We’ll see if an offer comes in, and if not we’ll go for a winners’ of one and bring him along gradually. We think a good bit of him, and he has loads of pace.”

Cityman took the day’s feature, the BetVictor Bet 5 Euros Get 30 Euros Offer Handicap.

A 7-2 chance after an unlucky run in a Premier Handicap at the Curragh last time out, he bounded three lengths clear of Bailly – with stablemate Sunset Nova third.

Slattery said: “He was unlucky at the Curragh, because he was stopped when coming with his run and was entitled to win that. My other horse today Sunset Nova was unlucky there, because he missed the break and was back a long way.

“Cityman will have an entry in the Scurry now, and six (furlongs) is his best trip. Both are good, consistent horses – and we’ll try and get Sunset Nova’s head in front now.”

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