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Alan Magee

Alan Magee

Sunrise Lady comes home clear in mares' maiden

Sunrise Lady and Ricky Doyle are well clear at the lastSunrise Lady and Ricky Doyle are well clear at the last
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Sunrise Lady gained reward for some consistent efforts over hurdles when justifying good support in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle at Cork.

The daughter of Scorpion already had point-to-point and bumper wins to her credit and was sent off here a well-supported 9/4 chance.

The whole complexion of the 2m3f event changed at the third last flight where 2/1 favourite Tara Dylan fell while holding a marginal lead and in the process brought down another fancied runner in My Midnight

Another few rivals where hampered in the incident and all this left Sunrise Lady with a clear lead.

She drew right away under Ricky Doyle between the final two hurdles, and was eased on the run-in to beat Tropical Stream by 12 lengths.

Kevin Brouder (leg injury) and Cathal Landers (facial injury) were both stood down and taken to Cork University Hospital for further assessment.

O’Dwyer said, “She’s been unbelievably consistent. Those mares’ races are not easy to win. She was also in at Sedgefield on Tuesday but when I saw the declarations yesterday I decided to come here.

“You very rarely get a 16,000 euro mares’ maiden with just seven runners, and then two of the fancied ones tipped up as well. Everything went our way.

“It’s great to finally have that done and she’ll go chasing now. She has a point-to-point, bumper and hurdle won now.

“She goes on any ground but I wouldn’t chance her on rock hard or on heavy. She’s a good solid genuine mare, and hopefully if we could win a chase with her now she’d be some mare to go breeding with.”