Limerick Racing News-Secret Sea sees first flat season victory

Billy Lee was on board as Secret Sea provided Mooncoin trainer Eoin Doyle with his first winner of the Flat season at Ballinrobe last Monday, having just been denied in a maiden hurdle at Wexford earlier this month. The daughter of Sea The Stars reverted to the level, reeling in long-time pacesetter Misty Millie at the furlong pole and triumphing by two and three-quarter lengths in the Gain The Advantage Series Handicap (Division I).

Secret Sea and Billy Lee win the Gain The Advantage Series Handicap Div I at Ballinrobe Racecourse for Mooncoin trainer Eoin Doyle Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

Lee left Naas with a double on Wednesday evening, achieved in tandem with his long-time ally Willie McCreery. The duo got off the mark when Wood Ranger led from pillar to post in the six-furlong JF Dunne Insurances Business Club Handicap, Lee judging the fractions to perfection to hold on by a neck. A head was the margin for Mother Country in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies’ Maiden, the daughter of Mother Country needing every inch of the mile trip to prevail at the third time of asking. Wesley Joyce hit another important landmark in his nascent career, by bagging his third winner and as a result, having his claim reduced from ten pounds to seven. The teenager jumped out well on the Johnny Murtagh-trained Misterio and she responded to his urgings for greater effort at the two-furlong pole to secure her first triumph in the second division of the Naas Racecourse Handicap.

Mother Country (near side) ridden by Billy Lee winning The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Naas on Wednesday for trainer Willie McCreery
Romantic Proposal ridden by Chris Hayes, black and grey, wins The Dubai Duty Free Dash Stakes at The Curragh on Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day for Eddie Lynam

Chris Hayes registered a coveted winner on Dubai Derby Free Irish Derby day and could be dreaming of bigger days with the Nunthorpe Stakes a likely target for the Eddie Lynam-trained Romantic Proposal, who recorded an emphatic victory in the six-furlong Dubai Duty Free Dash Stakes at The Curragh on Saturday. The progressive five-year-old was given a wonderful waiting ride by Hayes before exploding to the front 150 yards out and galloping away to win by a length and a half.

Upcoming Fixtures: Roscommon – Tuesday, June 29 (First Race 4.40pm)Tipperary – Wednesday, June 30 (First Race 4.40pm)Tipperary – Thursday, July 1 (First Race 4.45pm)Bellewstown – Thursday, July 1 (First Race 4.25pm)Bellewstown – Friday, July 2 (First Race 4.20pm)Wexford – Friday, July 2 (First Race 5.15pm)Bellewstown – Saturday, July 3 (First Race 4.40pm)Naas – Saturday, July 3 (First Race 1.20pm)Limerick – Sunday, July 4 (First Race 1.05pm)Tramore – Sunday, July 4 (First Race 1.55pm)

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Mark Reilly