Review Cork 8th Aug

Tue 8th Aug 2017, 21:00

Irish Oaks third Eziyra collected her first success of the season with an accomplished display in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork.

The 7-4 favourite was always travelling strongly for Pat Smullen and she moved into the lead at the two-furlong pole.

Bloomfield gave chase in the closing stages of the Group Three test, but Eziyra certainly wasn't stopping and came home two and a half lengths to the good.

That gave Weld an across-the-card double as Zabalan struck for the trainer at Roscommon.

Aidan O'Brien grabbed a double when Sir John Lavery ran out an emphatic winner of the Listed Platinum Stakes.

Touted as a potential Derby hope at the start of the season, things had not gone to plan so far this year, but he was sent off the 5-2 favourite for this mile test.

Coming from off the pace to lead a furlong out under Seamie Heffernan, he bounded clear close home to beat Rose De Pierre by three lengths.

The double started when Magical justified odds of 2-5 with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies maiden, but she was made to work harder than expected.

O'Brien's filly is a full-sister to Rhododendron and ran a cracker on her debut, but she was pressed throughout the final furlong by newcomer Mary Tudor, who could not quite get past and was a head down at the line.

Tennesse Waltz produced a stirring late surge under Killian Leonard to pip Pure Action by a nose in the Ticket Sales Online Apprentice Handicap for trainer David Marnane.

Pat Fahy's Stormy Belle (8-1) finished much the best in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap under Declan McDonogh, while Johnny Feane's decision to put blinkers on Peace Maker worked wonders as the 16-1 chance landed the Follow Us On Twitter Handicap under Gary Halpin.

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