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Indigo Lady springs 66-1 surprise at the Curragh

Updated: Monday, 09 Jun 2014 14:44 | Comments

Seamie Heffernan made all on Indigo Lady in the TRM Silver Stakes
Seamie Heffernan made all on Indigo Lady in the TRM Silver Stakes

Impending motherhood clearly suits Indigo Lady and she produced a 66-1 shock in the feature TRM Silver Stakes at the Curragh.

The complete outsider of the nine runners, Seamie Heffernan set out to make all on Willie McCreery's four-year-old mare, whose last run had seen her finish sixth in a Listed race at Gowran in April.

Increasing the pace turning into the straight, Heffernan tacked over to the stands side and his mount proved a most willing partner as she stuck on gamely to beat Castle Guest, who had also raced prominently, by a neck.

McCreery said: "Some of the credit must go to Camelot, as she is about 40 days in foal to him. She's blossomed and strengthened up.

"She was going home tomorrow if she didn't perform well today.

"I told Seamie going out to be positive, all she does is stay and he gave her a great ride.

"I've been frustrated with her as she has been working well at home.

"That's job done now, winning a Listed race.

"She'll probably go back to the sales ring in December."

Bertie Le Belge recorded an impressive debut success in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden, initiating a double for in-form trainer Ger Lyons.

In a field made up entirely of newcomers, Cape Clear Island looked set to justify 11-8 favouritism when picking up nicely two furlongs down.

He hit the front a furlong out but Colin Keane got a nice tune out of Bertie Le Belge (16-1) and he swept past the market leader on the outside to score by a length and a quarter.

Lyons said: "This is a nice place to start a two-year-old, I like him and he's a typical Big Bad Bob.

"We'll look for a winners' race and ultimately I'd see him going into stakes company."

Lyons doubled up as System Overload (11-10 favourite) stamped his class on the Nathan Carter At The Derby Festival Maiden in the hands of Gary Carroll.

Lyons said: "He is a nice horse and I've always liked him. He caught the eye here last year when fifth on his debut.

"We will definitely have some fun with him over 10 furlongs."

The front-running Urban Moon (5-1) looked long odds-on to be swallowed up by favourite Kabjoy in the TRM Invest In Calphormin Handicap but stuck determinedly to his guns for Niall McCullagh, hanging on by a head.

Winning trainer Johnny Murtagh said: "He is tough and I said to Niall to be very positive on him.

"I put him in the Ulster Derby the other day and there is also a two-mile race for three-year-olds at Ascot and Andrew (Tinkler, owner) might want to go there. He's a progressive horse and I think he'll improve as the year goes on."

Pat Smullen conjured a win from Bush Pilot at the sixth attempt in the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show At The RDS Maiden.

Fourth on each of his three juvenile outings and out of luck in two runs so far this season, the Dermot Weld-trained colt was buried in mid-division through the early stages as Pianota led on the rail.

Plenty were in with chances spread across the track a furlong and a half out, but Smullen weaved his way through and produced Bush Pilot (12-1) as late as he could to gain the day by a cosy length and three-quarters from Texas Rock.

Weld said: "He's a horse with lots of ability. He just got touched off in Limerick, was too free in Cork and won well there.

"He'll go for a handicap from here. He's not a bad horse, he's consistent and I could see him winning one of those nice handicaps."

Big Bad Lily got back in the winning groove in the TRI Equestrian Superstore & Cafe Handicap.

Ken Condon's mare has plenty of talent when things drop right and was given a fine ride by Wayne Lordan.

Powering home, the 10-1 chance had two lengths to spare over Doonard Prince as she won for the first time since October last year.

Condon said: "She was due a win but it is unlikely that she will be able to carry a penalty."

There was a first Curragh winner for trainer Dermot McLoughlin as Dragon Fei (12-1) took the TRM Celebrating 25 Years In Equine Nutrition European Breeders Fund Fillies Handicap under Leigh Roche.

McCloughlin said: "She was unlucky last week when she got into a bit of trouble in the apprentice race.

"She has a grand temperament and she loves the ground."

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