Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Pineapple Express seals double for jockey Slattery

Tue 4th May 2021, 16:58

Pineapple Express leads them home
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Pineapple Express clearly enjoys an extended nine furlongs in Gowran Park as she travelled strongly before putting away the opposition in the second division of the Goresbridge Handicap.

The 3/1 favourite tanked into the lead a furlong and a half down and was soon given the office by Andrew Slattery to go and win her race.

She was driven out inside the final furlong to account for Indian Sioux (28/1) by a length and three quarters. The runner-up was the only horse able to chase her in the final furlong as there was a gap of four and three quarter lengths back to 16/1 shot Extensio in third. Waterville Lady ran her best race for some time in fourth at 80/1.

This gave jockey Slattery a double after he took the preceding race on board Bell Ex One.

“We were probably a bit unlucky in the first two races (with Sunwalk and Aingeal Dorcha who were both second) ,” said trainer Andrew Slattery.

“The handicapper was right. He gave her 10lb and I rushed her and ran her back too quickly in Dundalk. He forced my hand that day but she's won with the 10lb today.

“I think she's better with a bit of ease in the ground and I see no reason why I can't step her up in class now, even to a mile-and-a-half. She's an improving filly.”

Pineapple Express won over a similar trip at Gowran Park on her penultimate start.

Additional reporting by Gary Carson

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