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Silky gets off to a flier at Clonmel

Updated: Thursday, 23 May 2013 20:40 | Comments

David Wachman's Silky made a winning start at Clonmel
David Wachman's Silky made a winning start at Clonmel

Silky made the best possible start to her career with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Clonmel.

David Wachman's daughter of Montjeu was brought to the outside to make her challenge by Billy Lee and closed down on leader Sharp Crisp Air at the furlong marker.

The 10-1 chance, who hails from the family of Arc runner-up Mubtaker, then quickened smartly to see off her more experienced rival and she scored impressively by a length and a quarter.

Sharp Crisp Air's trainer and jockey Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen went one better when Treasure The Ridge landed the odds in the Fethard Maiden.

But those who took the 4-6 will have had a few anxious moments when he was tackled by Noble Call halfway down the straight, before the first-time blinkers did the trick and he battled back to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

Stephen Hero (7-2) just held on in a blanket finish to the 'Girls Night Out At Clonmel Races' Handicap.

Stepping up to a mile and a quarter on the back of an encouraging handicap debut last week, Andy Oliver's gelding was always to the fore in the hands of Chris Hayes and saw out the trip well to deny Sceilg by a short head, with the pair separated by the width of the track.

The Black Devil ran out a most resolute winner of the Jossestown Handicap.

Colin Keane bounced the 9-2 shot out into a lead from the outset and he had only his recent Dundalk conqueror Time Travel for company rounding the turn.

Once he saw off that opponent, he then dug deep to repel the late challenge of House Limit by a length and a half.

Elijah Gardner was in receipt of weight from every one of his Clonacody (C & G) Maiden Hurdle rivals and took full advantage under Davy Condon, beating favourite Bally Longford.

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