Ted Veale makes winning Flat return
Updated: Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 20:08
Ted Veale (4/6f) put his Galway Hurdle defeat behind him with victory in the irishmirror.ie (QR) Race at Bellewstown.
Tony Martin's smart jumper was only eighth when favourite at Ballybrit and looked likely to struggle when only fourth heading into the final furlong here, but he eventually hit top gear and burst through in the closing stages to beat Alhellal by a cosy three-quarters of a length.
Cullentry Royal (9-2) continued his progression in the Bluegrass Horsefeeds Handicap.
Gordon Elliott's gelding, who broke his Flat duck at Ballinrobe last month, was tanking as he took the lead turning for home, with Danny Mullins looking around for dangers, but he was ultimately all out to repel the late lunge of Cebuano and only held on by half a length.
Candy Apples scored by the same margin in the Glebe House Stud Nursery Handicap.
Late support forced Patrick Prendergast's filly in to 11-8 favourite and she dug deep to see off main market rival and top-weight Sign From Heaven, who shared second with the fast-finishing Ealain Aibrean, to end a sequence of near-misses.
Experience told in the Sean Rothwell Construction Maiden as Prendergast's 5-2 market leader Ravello Again beat Conversational, while the two divisions of the Play The Tote Jackpot Handicap fell to Three Bells (7-2 joint-favourite) and Maudlin Magdalen, who followed up Sunday's Dundalk success as the 9-4 favourite.
A gamble in the Lougher Stables Handicap was foiled when the well-backed Sujet Bellagio faded early in the straight as 12-1 chance Summer Isles - a 13-race maiden heading into the event, with not even a previous placing to her name - kept up the good recent run of the Pat Flynn stable.
Bleeding Hearts justified 8-11 favouritism with the minimum of fuss in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden.
Michael Halford's youngster was bounced into a clear lead from his wide draw by Shane Foley and he extended his advantage down the straight to hammer Feeltherhythm by five and a half lengths.