BEAUTY Crescent powered through the line to run out an impressive victory in the Listed Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse on Monday.
Colin Keane held his mount up in the early stages before angling off the rail early in the straight on the Ger Lyons-trained 7/2 shot.
The Acclamation gelding came with a strong surge inside the final furlong and was going away at the line to record a two-and-a-quarter-length win over Ocean Jewel in the six-furlong contest.
Lyons said afterwards: “That was lovely. Colin said he’s improving, he’s manly and he loved that.
“We’ve had to think outside the box with him, we put the blinkers on him and he ran free to post with them in the Curragh, so they are walking him down now and looking after him.
“He said he’ll get further so the future is bright. It’s all about Mr Kwok in Hong Kong and I can only imagine that is where he is going to end up.”
The second division of the 47-65 six-furlong handicap was won by a big-priced horse as Kuwait Direction scored at 28/1 for trainer Keith Clarke.
Gavin Ryan drove his mount to the front a furlong and a half from home and stuck on gamely to record a neck victory over Company Keeping.
Clarke said: “I’m delighted for the owner Alistair (Porter), I told him this horse would win. I thought he’d go close in Cork the last day but unfortunately things just didn’t work out but it worked out tonight.”
SEAMIE Heffernan had a good day at the office, bagging a treble on the card.
He teamed up with Kevin Coleman for the first of his winners when Queens Command claimed the Soldiers Call @Ballyhane Fillies Maiden.
The 10/1 shot was produced to lead inside the final furlong and went on to record a length-and-three-quarter win over Toriangel.
“It worked out well as the owner is here today,” said Coleman. “She’s threatened to do that. The last day she got tired in Navan. All her form last year has worked out.
“If she was in a handicap we would have had our house on her! There was no race for her so we chanced a maiden today. We’ll see what Demi (O’Byrne) wants to do with her and we’ll see what the handicapper does.”
Beautiful Sunshine was rewarded for her consistency when running out a game winner of the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Fillies Handicap.
The Adrian Murray-trained daughter of Ardad led a furlong and a half from home, under Heffernan, and repelled the posse late on to record a neck success over Perfect Thunder.
The 14/1 winner carries the colours of AMO Racing and Murray reported that they will aim for blacktype with her next.
Heffernan completed his treble when the veteran Pillar bounced back to winning ways in the first division of the 47-65 contest over six furlongs.
The 22/1 shot was prominent throughout and got his head in front inside the final 100 yards to beat Lexington Liberty by a short head in a driving finish.
Marshall Watson, son and assistant to trainer Keith Watson, said afterwards: “I’m delighted for the old horse, he’s a real stalwart. He’s been unlucky in Dundalk and at Bellewstown and I’m delighted he’s got off the mark for us.
“We needed that badly as we’ve been over 400 days since our last winner. We’ve had a number of seconds and we’ve had a bad run recently with horses getting injured.”
NEVE Bennett partnered the third winner of her career when getting up close home to land the Treo Eile Apprentice Handicap on She’s In The Game.
She switched left inside the final furlong on the Bill Farrell-trained mare to get a run and bumped the eventual fifth Yester in making that manoeuvre.
The well-backed She’s In The Game (20/1 in the morning into 15/2) pipped front-runner Mullacash Buzz close home for a neck victory.
“Neve was lucky as she got left at the start but she came down the inner and it worked out fine for her,” said Farrell.
“She’s a decent filly and was well in really. Seven is probably her trip. She wants good ground and we might run out of time a little bit but we’ll take this.”
The stewards found Bennett guilty of careless riding and handed her a five-day ban.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained Approaching Bear opened his account on his eighth start this year when making all in the opening juvenile claimer over seven furlongs.
Dylan Browne McMonagle kicked from the front turning for home on the 100/30 shot and he had enough left close home to hold the challenge of Skip James by a head.
Thunderbear is another two-year-old who has been busy this year and he bagged a deserved win in the Kilminfoyle House Stud Nursery over six furlongs.
It was another fine front-running performance as Luke McAteer dictated on the 5/2 shot and held the late run of Midnight Toker by a head.
Trainer Jack Davison said afterwards: “He’s a nice horse, he showed an awful lot of ability in the spring and it just took him a while to get it together for various reasons.
“We finally got his trip right and the conditions, he just didn’t enjoy the all-weather last week. He likes that nice ground and is a turf horse, he’ll be a nice three-year-old.”