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Laws of Spin wins Tote Irish Cesarewitch

October 9, 2016

Willie Mullins took the Tote Irish Cesarewitch for the second successive year (won last year’s renewal with Digenta), as his well-backed Laws Of Spin landed the spoils under Chris Hayes.

A winner of his last two starts at Ballinrobe and Leopardstown, the son of Lawman was briefly available at 20/1 last night with Paddy Power.

That price was quickly snapped up, and he opened on-course at 15/2, touching 8’s, before going off a 7/1 in the colours of owners the Hourihane O’Brien Partnership.

Settled in mid-division, he improved into a closer fifth as they entered the straight. He was soon pushed along on the outer, and was ridden to lead with over a furlong to go, staying on well from there to score by a length and a quarter.

Cradle Mountain (20’s to 16’s) kept on well to take second under Donnacha O’Brien for his brother Joseph, while Swamp Fox was a further half a length back in third under Wayne Lordan for Joe Murphy at 7/1.

Artful Artist (12/1) completed the placings a further two and three parts of a length back in fourth under Shane Foley for Tony Martin, while the 6/1 joint-favourites Pyromaniac andMagnolia Rose were seventh and nineteenth respectively


Calare stayed on best to take the Listed Staffordstown Stud Stakes, providing owner Godolphin with a double on the card (earlier on the mark with Holistic Approach).

Trained in the UK by Charlie Appleby, the daughter of Dubawi won on her debut at Doncaster in June, before filling the runner-up spot on her next two starts in Listed contests at Sandown and Deauville respectively.

She had a far from clear passage when sixth on her last start at Deauville in August, and she was sent off at 8/1 today with James Doyle in the saddle.

Settled behind the leaders on the inner, the chestnut victor was ridden under two furlongs out. She was soon squeezed for room and was switched to the outer with a furlong to go.

As she came with her effort she attempted to bite Queen Anne’s Lace, before she got on with the job at hand, staying on best to score by three parts of a length.

Bound (16’s this morning and return 8’s) finished second under Colm O’Donoghue for Aidan O’Brien, while the aforementioned Queen Anne’s Lace (11/8fav) was a further three parts of a length back in third under Pat Smullen for Dermot Weld.

Charlie Appleby also saddled the Kazimiera who went off at 7/2, and she could only manage fourth with William Buick in the saddle


Shanghai Glory (14/1) recorded his biggest success to date, as he took the Listed Eimer Hannon Travel Waterford Testimonial Stakes under William Buick for Charlie Hills.

A winner of handicaps at Lingfield and Epsom earlier in the season, he was last seen finishing fourth in a seven furlong contest at Doncaster last month.

Dropped back to six furlongs today, and upped in class, the chestnut victor broke smartly to lead, before settling behind the leaders.

He was pushed along with two furlongs to race, and hit the front with a furlong to go, keeping on well under pressure from there, going on to score by a length.

Master Speaker (12/1) flew home on the outer, but had to settle for second under Colm O’Donoghue for Martin Hassett, while Bebhinn (11/1) was a head back in third under Chris Hayes for Kevin Prendergast.

G Force was sent off the 10/3 favourite and he was another head away in fourth, with Pat Smullen in the saddle for Adrian Keatley.

Buick said afterwards: “He likes that ground. He was always travelling well and picked up good. He probably won a bit cosy in the end


The well-backed Alveena ended her career on a high, as she got up close home to land the last at the Curragh, the Listed Brown Panther Stakes.

Having landed the valuable Cork Derby in June, the Dermot Weld trained four-year-old was then third of four in the Group 2 Curragh Cup on her next start.

She disappointed in first time blinkers in the Guinness Handicap at the Galway Festival on her most recent outing, and she was available at 11/2 last night.

The daughter of Medicean opened on-course at 4’s, but came in for continued market support, and went off an 11/4 chance with Pat Smullen in the saddle.

Settled towards rear in sixth, she was pushed along with two furlongs to go. She was ridden to challenge on the outer inside the final furlong, and stayed on best in the closing stages, getting up to score by half a length.

Soul Searcher finished second but she was later demoted to third after she hampered rivals with a furlong to race.

Hibicus was promoted to second. He was hampered byp>Soul Searcher before kept on well inside the final furlong to take third at 14/1 (20’s this morning and from 16’s on-course) under Michael Hussey for Aidan O’Brien.

Dermot Weld said afterwards: “She’s a very brave mare and has been winning all year for us.

“She started by winning in handicap company and was Group 2 placed.

“She came back here and got a brilliant ride to win the finale.

“That’s her last run and it’s job done now. She’s a stakes winner and is Group 2 placed so I’m very pleased with the year.”


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