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Rae Guest raider Minalisa lands Listed prize at Naas

Updated: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 22:22 | Comments

Fran Berry claimed the feature race on Minalisa
Fran Berry claimed the feature race on Minalisa

Last year's runner-up Minalisa went one better in the Yeomanstown & Morristown Lattin Studs EBF Stakes at Naas.

Rae Guest's British raider is a regular at Listed level and was never too far off the pace in the hands of Fran Berry.

Another of the 3-1 co-favourites, Tobann, made a bold bid from the front under top weight, but Minalisa found top gear to take the lead just inside the final furlong, and she finished her race off well to oblige by a length and a half.

Simply A Star and Kasbah have acquitted themselves well in Listed company but they were blown away by the sparkling debut of Ainippe in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Ger Lyons' 14-1 chance quickened past the market principals like they weren't there en route to a three-and-three-quarter-length success.

Lyons and jockey Colin Keane followed up when Vector Force (11-10) continued his forward momentum in the Naas Racecourse On Facebook Handicap.

The recent course and distance runner-up hit the front just after the two-furlong pole and stayed on strongly to see off Captain Cullen by two lengths.

The consistent Red All Star had to concede weight all round in the Kildare Post Maiden, but Conor Hoban blazed a trail on the 9-4 shot and he kept going to beat Insearchofadream by a length.

Hoban looked like following up on Kimbay in the ISS Recruitment & Training Handicap, but she was swallowed up in the dying strides by Almadaa (9-1).

Aidan O'Brien's 16-year-old son Donnacha had his first ride on Our Manekineko in the www.naasracecourse.com Apprentice Handicap, but finished towards the rear in a race won by Millington (7-1).

There was better luck for Ana O'Brien, who made all the running on Michaelmas in the Michael Higgins & Co Race.

The 9-4 shot was allowed an uncontested lead and had enough in reserve to repel Bold Thady Quill and Chance To Dance.

 

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