Yulong Gold Fairy bags the Concorde Stakes
Dermot Weld’s excellent record in the Group Three Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes, was further embellished, as Yulong Gold Fairy landed him an eighth victory, since the race was moved to Tipperary in the 1990s.
Nine went to post and it looked a wide-open contest, as the field stretched across the course in the home straight.
But Yulong Gold Fairy and Shane Foley finished best to edge out the Jim Bolger-trained pair Smash Williams and Flight Risk.
Weld said, “This is the fifth time I’ve won this race in the last nine years. She loves that ground and is a very consistent filly.
“She won a big two year old race last year and won the Listed Corrib Stakes at Galway and has been multiple Group placed and she is exceptionally brave.
“That’ll be it for her for the year and I’ll speak with her owner and hopefully she’ll stay in training next year.
“I was very pleased with Imaging and match-fitness told on heavy ground. Declan said on the very testing ground he tired a furlong and a half down. He’ll go for the Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown in two weeks time. I’m very pleased with him and he’ll be back to be a very decent horse.”
Bedrock lands Tipperary Grade Three for Scotland
Bedrock, trained in Scotland by Iain Jardine, was a Tipperary winner, when landing the Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle.
The dual-purpose gelding, was recording his seventh victory under both codes in this Grade 3 event.
Rachael Blackmore’s mount quickened up well early in the straight and went clear before a slight mistake at the final flight.
It made little difference however as he ran out a convincing winner, beating Plinth by four and a half lengths, with Wicklow Brave another three quarters of a length back in third.
Le Richebourg making his mark over fences
Le Richebourg made it two wins from two over fences with victory in the Grade Three Like A Butterfly Novice Chase at Tipperary.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained gelding jumped with good measure and whilst Robin Des Foret briefly looked a danger at the penultimate fence, Le Richebourg and Barry Geraghty ultimately had plenty in hand.
The race was sealed when Robin Des Foret made a small error at the final fence, with Le Richebourg capitalising to win by seven lengths.
The Last Marju made a lot of the running but could find no extra from two out to finish a further four lengths adrift in third.