06 November 2017

The dying embers of Flat season continue to produce important Irish-influenced success stories across the Irish Sea and on the continent. Newmarket on Saturday witnessed a win for BRAVO ZOLO (IRE) in the Listed Price Bailey Ben Marshall Stakes down the Rowley Mile as he ground out a neck victory from the well-backed favourite Lord Glitters, the striking winner of the Balmoral Handicap on British Champions Day and who looked a stakes winner in waiting.

BRAVO ZOLO (IRE) was bred by John Osborne at Tipper House Stud and sold consigned by Dermot Cantilon’s Tinnakill House Stud at the Sportsman’s Sale at Goffs in 2013 for €68,000. By Rip Van Winkle (IRE), now standing in New Zealand, BRAVO ZOLO (IRE) is out of Set Fire (IRE) making him a half-brother to Set To Fire (IRE) who won a couple of minor handicaps during the summer for trainer John Feane.

BRAVO ZOLO (IRE) switched to Godolphin last winter and acquitted himself in good handicaps during the Dubai carnival earlier in the year to which he will return again. He has the scope to do make into a Group class performer.   

MUFFRI’HA (IRE), meanwhile, is a horse that has featured in these dispatches frequently and she bade farewell to the track in winning style before taking up a new career as a broodmare early next year. The five-year-old mare, Group 1 placed in the Jebel Hatta in Dubai on Super Saturday of this year, collected the seventh race of her career and fourth in stakes company last Thursday at Lingfield.  

MUFFRI’HA (IRE) was bred by Lodge Park Stud in County Kilkenny and is half-sister to the five-time winner Dutiful Son (IRE) out of the Group 3 winner Grecian Dancer.

In France a day earlier, Ballylinch Stud stallion Lope De Vega (IRE) enjoyed a high profile winner via his Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint hero THE RIGHT MAN, who comfortably won the Group 3 Prix de Seine et Oise. He is in line to tackle the Hong Kong Sprint in December before bidding to defend his title in Dubai next March.


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