The second round of the SIS Irish Cesarewitch featured at Mullingar on Monday evening and while weather conditions were pretty bad, the big names handled the wet track with the minimum of fuss.
Droopys Wyatt set the standard in the opening heat, showing great track craft to take up the running as they entered the back straight. Akay Forty Seven, who had gone fastest in the opening round, seemed likely to dictate throughout when leading into the bend but she took a small bump on the bend from the inside runner Lingrawn Brandy.
Droopys Wyatt, owned by Eamon Ryan and Emmet Cronin, was on their shoulder and he took full advantage. Sweeping around Akay Forty Seven, the Robert Gleeson trained son of Laughil Duke and Droopys Sylvia hit the front as they entered the back straight before and moved over three lengths clear to the third turn.
Akay Forty Seven wasn’t finished with yet, however, and she stormed up the home straight to close on the leader. Droopys Wyatt had to dig in but he held on by a half length in 33.65 (rated .80 slow). Jaxx Fire Wall was the third qualifier, a further length and a half adrift.
RIPLEY BACK TO WINNING WAYS
Ripley Lad returned to winning ways in the second heat, breaking much better than seven days earlier to lead from the early exchanges.
In contrast, Rioja Smasher missed the start and took an immediate bump, while the same can be said for his kennel companion Bull Run Norris.
Ripley Lad went up straight on the outside of the track and led the pair into the corner although he stayed wide to allow Bull Run Norris challenge between the first two bends. Ripley Lad was carrying the more momentum, however, and he was back in front by the second turn.
Once going back to the front, the Paddy McCormack trained son of Droopys Cain and Fork Lightning was always likely to score. Both Bull Run Norris and Rioja Smasher gave chase throughout but could never get back on terms and Austin Kelly’s Ripley Lad ran right to the line to score by five lengths from Bull Run Norris in 33.78. Rioja Smasher was a further two lengths back in third.
ALICE TOO STRONG
Peter Sutcliffe’s Amazing Alice is on track to make the Cesarewitch decider for a second year running after again displaying superb pace and power from halfway as she ran out a good winner of the third heat.
The Pat Guilfoyle trained daughter of Aero Majestic and Droopys Coast was only fourth into the back straight behind Razldazl Curtis and Magical Jasper. Amazing Alice closed on the leaders to the third turn and, staying close to the fence, made her move around the last two bends.
As the front pair drifted wide, Amazing Alice shot through on the fence before staying on powerfully to beat Razldazl Curtis by two lengths in 34.00. There was a further length to Magical Jasper in third.
TWO FROM TWO FOR LORENZO
John Young’s Clonfert Lorenzo maintained his unbeaten record in the event in the final heat despite taking a couple of bumps in the early yards.
Korando showed in front into the turn but he was joined by Clonfert Lorenzo at this point.
Korando was back in front as the entered the back straight but Clonfert Lorenzo remained close and he quickly moved through the gears. Heading Korando before halfway, the son of Droopys Cain and Bay Ciara quickly moved clear. Airlie Noel attempted to follow in his slipstream but he took a bump at halfway, halting his progress.
This allowed Clonfert Lorenzo to maintain his lead into the third turn and he stayed on strongly to keep Airlie Noel at bay. At the line, Clonfert Lorenzo had four lengths in hand on Airlie Noel in 34.11 (rated .80 slow). Korando finished a further five lengths away in third.
SIS IRISH CESAREWITCH SEMI FINAL DRAW
1 BULL RUN NORRIS
2 AMAZING ALICE
3 DROOPYS WYATT
4 AIRLIE NOEL (M)
5 RIOJA SMASHER (M)
6 RIPLEY LAD (W)
1 AKAY FORTY SEVEN
3 MAGICAL JASPER
4 RAZLDAZL CURTIS (M)
5 CLONFERT LORENZO (M)
6 JAXX FIRE WALL (W)