Cimeara and Sizzling share spoils in Vinnie Roe Stakes

Honours even in thrilling Listed contest at Leopardstown

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Cimeara and Sizzling could not be split in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Vinnie Roe Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday evening.

Nine runners went to post for the one-mile-six-furlong Listed contest and it was Cyprus Creek who cut out much of the running.

As he began to falter early in the home straight, Jim Bolger’s 5-1 shot Cimeara battled his way to the lead as he aimed to follow up his course and distance victory of a fortnight ago in the Group Three Stanerra Stakes.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Sizzling (8-1) was two and a half lengths away in second on that occasion, but stormed home this time under Seamie Heffernan to join Cimeara right on the line.

After a brief wait the judge confirmed a dead-heat.

O’Brien said: “We were delighted with our filly. She stays well.

“That’s her first stakes win but she’s been placed a lot of times.

“She could go to Goodwood for the fillies’ race or Doncaster for the staying race for fillies.”

In reply, Bolger said: “You go to Goodwood and I’ll go to Doncaster.”

To which his former assistant O’Brien joked: “He’s still telling me what to do!”

Bolger added: “I always ask you what you’d like to do.

“Aidan is going to Goodwood and I’m going to Doncaster but because she (Cimeara) is in the stable representing the poor, she’ll have to earn her keep in the meantime, wherever that will be!

“She’s done very well up to now anyway and her first cousin, Turret Rocks, is doing it as well.”

Remarkably, it was also honours even in the Frank Conroy Irish EBF Maiden as the Ger Lyons-trained Pythion and Tony Mullins’ Howling Ridge dead heated.

Mullins said: “I can’t ever remember having a dead-heat before, maybe as a jockey, but I can’t remember one as a trainer.

“We’ll step up now, definitely Listed and maybe Group company, and see if we are competitive there and I believe he will be.

“He might be sold as he’s an owner/breeder, but if I can get him excited enough we might get to keep him too!”

Lyons added of his charge: “We’re after getting the dead-heat and we’ll see if there is a winners race now and we’ll give him plenty of time between races.

“I had only intended to give him two, maximum three starts, this year. He’s a trip horse for next year, but a nice one.”

Paddy Twomey’s An Aingeal Dubh was a 13-2 winner of the opening Horseraces S.A. Of Greece Irish EBF Claiming Race under Billy Lee.

Oisin Orr steered Clare Cannon’s 9-1 shot Innamorare to victory in the Keywest Handicap.

“Clare only has a few in training but they seem to be very consistent when they run and it’s nice to get on them,” said Orr.

“Hopefully she (Innamorare) can win another one. She’s trying hard and hopefully she keeps improving.”

Orr doubled up in the concluding SOREC Morocco Cup Handicap aboard Francis Casey’s 6-1 shot Eight Till Late.

Casey, son of popular late trainer Peter Casey, said: “That’s my first winner, he was my father’s last and it’s at the track he gained all his notoriety, so it’s kind of fitting.

“I only have five riding out. It’s a bit of a struggle but one good day will make up for the many bad ones.

“This horse is entered in Galway next Wednesday in a two-mile one and my plan was to probably go for the big two-mile six handicap hurdle on the Saturday but we’ll see.”

Cimeara and Sizzling share spoils in Vinnie Roe Stakes
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