Foxtrot Liv dances clear of Killarney field

Tuesday, May 14 2019

Foxtrot Liv could have a shot at Classic glory after her six-length romp in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Race at Killarney.

The Paddy Twomey-trained filly went to post a 4-7 favourite and was produced to lead a furlong and a half out by Billy Lee in this mile contest. She opened up inside the final furlong to stretch clear.

Twomey said: “It went as expected, I was hoping she’d have a confidence boosting run there and it went according to plan.

“Her owner (Martin Schwartz) is very keen to run her in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and it will be hard to stop him now.

“We’ll have a think about it, but her owner is keen to run. We have an eye very much on the Sandringham at Royal Ascot after, that so we’ll see what happens.”

Pensylvania Avenue (2-1 favourite) got the better of a final furlong battle with Carefully by a head in the Celtic Steps Handicap to give Declan McDonogh a double.

After this mile race, McDonogh said: “He’s a grand horse and I’d say he’s only doing what he has to. I’d say he might get 10 furlongs.

“He had the right man (Gordon Elliott) training him – I hope he gets more Flat horses!”

McDonogh also scored by a length on Frankel colt Eminent Authority (13-2) in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden for Joseph O’Brien.

Shakespear’sgalley relished a step up in trip for the two-mile-one-furlong BetVictor Handicap to bring up O’Brien’s brace.

He shot through a gap a furlong out to win by three-quarters of a length at 8-1 with 7lb-claimer Alan Persse in the saddle.

Another son of Frankel, Mujid, delivered in the Killarney Racegoers Club Maiden under Conor Hoban. The 5-4 favourite made virtually all and raced enthusiastically as he hit the line four lengths to the good.

This was Hoban’s first winner for Dermot Weld.

Five years after being beaten by a nose in this race, Arctic Fire swept through to win the Betvictor Race by half a length at 11-1.

The 10-year-old, a former Grade One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle winner, took the honours for Denis Cullen and Mark Gallagher.

A combination of stall one and first-time cheekpieces saw Solomons Seal dominate from the front under Gary Halpin in the Irish Examiner Handicap.

The five-year-old gelding scored by three lengths at 13-2 for trainer Joseph Murphy.

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