Impressive Casey in a Hurry to the Curragh
ALONG Came Casey was a most impressive winner of the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Hurry Harriet Stakes over an extended nine furlongs at Gowran Park.
Strongly backed into 6/4 favouritism, the Dermot Weld-trained five-year-old was nicely positioned just off the pace set by Johnny Murtagh on Belle De Crecy.
Pat Smullen was travelling powerfully on Along Came Casey, who is twice a previous Gowran winner and has been plying her trade in Grade Three company of late.
Hitting the front a furlong and a half out, Smullen only had to give his mount a few reminders as she ran on strongly to beat Belle De Crecy by three lengths.
Say took third for Aidan O'Brien, whose Snow Queen was very reluctant to leave the stalls – as she was on her last start at Cork – losing many lengths before consenting to go on her way. Weld said: "She did what was expected and is unbeaten around here.
"She's a high-class filly and I thought she would be tough to beat. She is so consistent and loves fast ground.
"The Dance Design Stakes at the Curragh is a logical next race. She's tough, genuine and consistent and really the ground can't be fast enough for her. She may go to America. She's entitled to have a crack at a Group One before the year is out."
A dramatic outcome to the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders' Fund Maiden saw first-past-the-post Green Tag demoted in favour of O'Brien-trained odds-on favourite Mekong River.
The market leader looked to be making hard work of it before fellow newcomer Green Tag (33/1), who had led from the off, hung to his left at the furlong pole and then back over to the right, although not as sharply.
Mekong River (4/9) appeared to find his feet after the initial interference and was making ground to the line, eventually failing by a neck.
A stewards' inquiry was called, with the officials reversing the placings.