A review of the feature action from Friday's meeting at Leopardstown
Last Updated: 06/06/14 9:36pm
Missunited is set for the Ascot Gold Cup
Missunited returned to form to make every post a winning one in the Seamus & Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown.
Michael Winters stable star was strongly pressed from the three furlong pole by Sir Ector but she responded to every urging from Kevin Manning to keep on stoutly in the prestigious Listed contest that has been won in the past by the likes of Yeats, Fame And Glory and Media Puzzle.
Sir Ector's challenge was fleeting but market principals Eye Of The Storm and Tarana loomed large but they flattered to deceive and Manning had saved something for the closing stages and the seven-year-old stuck her neck out to score by three parts of a length from Shu Lewis.
A trip to Royal Ascot is on the cards as the winning trainer told www.irishracing.com: "I think her stride is bigger this year. She seems to be pointing out her toe longer.
"John Supple rode her in two pieces of work – in Patsy Byrnes' place - and he felt she was going well. Kevin rode a lovely even pace through the race. She'll go now for the Ascot Gold Cup."
Sky Bet cut Missunited to 33/1 from 40s and the Leeds bookmakers also pushed Eye of the Storm out to 16/1 from 12s.
Roheryn doesn't hold any such lofty entries but the Galileo filly bravely landed a gamble in the King George V Cup having been supported from 16/1 into 7/2 to complete a double for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane.
The three-year-old only opened her account just under a month ago but is clearly progressing well as she showed a good attitude to repel the late challenge of Streetcar To Stars. John Constable only beat one home and was found to be lame post-race.
It was a notable performance from the runner-up who was having just the second outing of his career having made little impression on his sole start at two.
John Oxx's colt holds a series of big race entries including the Irish Derby, Irish Leger and King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Lyons said of the winner: “That was the plan! Getting a black type win for a Galileo filly is fantastic. She’s obviously improving.
"My daughter rides her out every day and that keeps her sweet. Colin was brilliant on her. He’s a good kid. We’ll have to sit down and think about what we are going to do now.”
Fran Berry enjoyed a fine evening with a treble, including two winners for Tony Martin.
Pyromaniac got the ball rolling at 11/4 before the Charles O'Brien trained Henry Higgins (7/2) doubled the tally with the haul completed by 6/4 favourite Artful Artist in the finale.