Panstarr pounces for Listed victory at Listowel

Kevin Manning shines on Jim Bolger filly

  • Monday 10 September
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Panstarr landed her first race for 12 months when taking Listed honours in the Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes at the County Kerry track on Monday.

The Jim Bolger-trained filly had run consistently well in defeat since her last success at the Curragh in September 2017 and enjoyed herself after herself on the rain-softened ground.

Wearing the Godolphin colours, the daughter of Pivotal led before the home turn, but was strongly pressed by Ship Of Dreams in the closing stages.

However, Panstarr (8-1) kept on gamely for Kevin Manning to get the verdict by a neck. The leading pair were four and a half lengths ahead of Hence in third.

“She is a very versatile four-year-old filly and is now a Group Three and Listed winner,” said Bolger’s travelling head man, Ger Flynn.

“She likes the soft ground and goes on good and is one hopefully we may keep in training next year.”

He added: “It was good to get the win with her and Kevin was fantastic on her.

“The draw was key and he was very positive and strong from the get-go, an unbelievable drive to the line to get her to win.”

Astronomer put plenty of space between himself and the opposition to complete a hat-trick in style.

Since being beaten on his debut in May, the lightly-raced three-year-old won twice last month and continued his progression by beating older rivals without too much trouble in the Sky Sports Racing Launching In 2019 Handicap.

Donnacha O’Brien kept the Galileo colt, trained by his father, Aidan, close to the pace set by South East before sailing for home over a furlong out.

The 2-1 favourite was not for stopping and pulled seven lengths clear of his nearest pursuer, Lady Camelot. Maysiyana was half a length back in third place.

“He’s not a bad horse and is lovely and lazy out in the country and doesn’t do any more than he has to. I think the step up in trip might suit him more,” said the winning jockey.

“You take them each run at a time, but he is definitely progressive and is very likeable.

“He has to be a Group horse after the rating he’s going to get now and if he keeps progressing you wouldn’t know what he is going to be.”

Panstarr pounces for Listed victory at Listowel
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