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Manieree claims an impressive win in the Garnet Stakes at Naas

Updated: Sunday, 21 Oct 2012 19:40 | Comments

Niall McCullagh steered Manieree to victory
Niall McCullagh steered Manieree to victory

Manieree appreciated the drop in class to Listed level with an emphatic victory in the feature Irish Stallion Farms EBF Garnet Stakes at Naas.

With Saturday's Cork winner Chrysanthemum an absentee and Loreto withdrawn at the stalls, the field was reduced to six and Manieree, last seen when unplaced in the Group One Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp, set out to make all.

Niall McCullagh got a great response when he asked John Oxx's filly to quicken a quarter of a mile out and the 4-7 favourite cleared away to beat Shifting by seven lengths.

Joseph O'Brien stretched his lead at the top of the jockeys' table to seven with a double on Snow Queen and Francis Of Assisi, both from the Ballydoyle yard of his father Aidan.

Snow Queen (3-1 favourite) put in a late surge to take the valuable Irish Stallion Farms EBF Birdcatcher Premier Nursery, edging out Ballyorban and Muaanid in a thrilling finish by a neck and a head.

Francis Of Assisi (evens favourite) took a while to get into his stride in the Tifrums EBF (C & G) Maiden, but once he hit top gear it was quickly over as he stretched away to win by four lengths.

O'Brien was on the wrong Ballydoyle contender in the Naas October Handicap, his mount Harrison's Cave finishing unplaced as Seamie Heffernan guided top-weight Offer (10-1) to an all-the-way success by three and a quarter lengths.

Charles O'Brien's newcomer Pop Art, sent off a 25-1 outsider, sprung a surprise when finding a smart turn of foot in the final furlong to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden by a length and three-quarters in the hands of Shane Foley.

Special Bar (6-1) was driven out by Robbie Colgan to win the Profile Systems Kommerling C70 Maiden Hurdle, while recent Fairyhouse winner Acriveen (7-1) followed up under Adam O'Neill in the Profile Systems 'Celebrating 35 Years' Handicap Hurdle.

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