Majestic Queen denies Joyeuse

  • Last Updated: June 12 2014, 21:06 BST

A review of the action from Leopardstown, where British raider Joyeuse was forced to settle for second place.

Majestic Queen and Pat Smullen come home clear to win at Leopardstown.
Majestic Queen and Pat Smullen come home clear to win at Leopardstown.

Joyeuse suffered a surprise defeat to Majestic Queen (8/1) in the Ballyogan Stakes at Leopardstown.

Lady Cecil's half-sister to Frankel was supplemented for the Group Three over six furlongs and was the 8/13 favourite to gain back-to-back triumphs under James Doyle.

But she could not catch the Tracey Collins-trained winner, who was given a typically astute Pat Smullen ride.

Body Beautiful made most of the running before eventually fading, with Joyeuse anchored towards the rear of the pack.

And while she made up some ground late on, Doyle never looked like clawing back the 8/1 shot and lost out by two and a half lengths. Sparrow finished third.

Collins said: "I'm delighted. Pat gave her a beautiful ride. The way the race panned out, that horse going to the front suited her.

"We've always thought a lot of her and she's now shown that.

"There's a fillies' race at the Curragh (Brownstown Stakes) on July 2 that we'll look at now."

Pearl Of Africa initiated a quick turnaround at Royal Ascot next week following a no-nonsense success in the Glencairn Stakes.

Eddie Lynam's four-year-old filly (7/2) made encouraging gains a couple of furlongs from home as He's No Saint and Along Came Casey, the odds-on favourite who won the race last season, set a generous gallop.

It had fleetingly looked a straight shootout between the pacemakers, but Colin Keane conjured a late burst of pace from out of Pearl Of Africa, who strode two lengths clear of the on-rushing Leitir Mor.

Exactement finished third, with Along Came Casey out of the money.

Lynam said: "She did it well. I thought she had improved but we ran her on soft ground last time and she didn't like it.

"She'll now go to the posh place (Ascot) next Wednesday and will run in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes."

Queen Nefertiti made a most accomplished racecourse debut to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden by four and a half lengths.

The David Wachman-trained youngster was a little green early on, but slowly warmed to the task as eventual runner-up Simply A Star took the field into the home straight.

Queen Nefertiti (20/1) flashed clear of both that rival and I Am Beautiful passing the one-furlong pole without jockey Billy Lee having to get even remotely animated in the saddle.

Curlylocks, a stablemate of the winner and the even-money favourite, stayed on for third.

Wachman said of the winner: "She's a nice filly, very straightforward.

"Both of the fillies are in the Moyglare, but we may come back here for the Silver Flash Stakes (with Queen Nefertiti) first."

The Abdullah-owned Tombelaine later showed a sharp shift of gear to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fund Maiden.

Dermot Weld's First Defence colt was sent on his way a 12/1 chance in a hot race, but he smoothly picked up the pace off the home bend and glided through a gap between US Navy Seal and Ardhoomey 200 yards from the finish.

Highland Reel mounted a strong challenge late on, though Smullen's companion was convincingly in charge at the line.

Weld said: "He's obviously talented, but we are in no hurry with him at all.

"He could come back here for a race like the Tyros Stakes next month."