dundalk 9th Nov
Job done - Lily's Angel & Gary Carroll at Dundalk
(Healy Racing Photos)
The 8-11 favourite, seventh behind Homecoming Queen in the 1000 Guineas when with Richard Fahey in England, had already won at Leopardstown and Dundalk and is clearly on the upgrade.
Gary Carroll was going best at the top of the straight in the Listed contest and when he asked for an effort,p>Lily's Angel quickened clear to win easily by two and a half lengths from Precious Stone.
There were plenty in with a chance at the quarter-mile pole and Zalty, who avoided the trouble on the inside, found a nice turn of foot to beat favourite In Salutem by a short head.
The Gigginstown House Stud colours are a familiar sight in the winner's enclosure on jumps tracks, but Love And Cherish did her bit on the Flat with success in the Irish Stallion Farms Median Auction Maiden.
Champion apprentice Ronan Whelan landed the first division on Pat Martin's The Reek (4-1 favourite), who forged clear of Red Laser to win by a length and three-quarters. He completed a double on Jim Bolger's Heavy Weight (10-3) in the closing Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Handicap.
Cailin Coillteach (9-1) was produced late by Seamie Heffernan to take the first division of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap, while recent Wolverhampton winner My Good Brother (13-2) followed up in the second division with a comfortable success under Colin Keane.
To say that Lily's Angel is performing sweetly since coming under the care of Ger Lyons, is a pretty big understatement. The Clodagh Mitchell-owned three-year-old made it three from three for current connections in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley Fillies Stakes at Dundalk.