Limonade fizzes home

  • Last Updated: June 29 2013, 19:11 BST

Count Of Limonade outbattled Scintillula to land Listed honours in the Dubai Duty Free Millenium Millionaire Celebration Stakes at the Curragh.

Tarn denies Intensified in the opener
Tarn denies Intensified in the opener

Trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by his son Joseph, Count Of Limonade was sent off a 7/2 chance for the one-mile heat after narrowly losing out at this level earlier in the month.

Scintillula set out to make all under Kevin Manning and while she dug deep as Count Of Limonade challenged, she eventually went down by half a length.

Captain Joy was back in third, while favourite Caponata failed to make the frame in fourth.

The winning trainer said: "He is tough and very like his daddy (Duke Of Marmalade). He is getting better with age. He likes fast ground and a mile and a quarter is no problem for him. We will look for a Group race for him now."

Favourite backers had been left reeling after the opening contest on the card when 1/5 market leader Intensified was reeled in by the Tommy Stack-trained debutante Tarn, who flashed home under Wayne Lordan to score by three-quarters of a length.

Trainer Ger Lyons and jockey Gary Carroll combined to take the lucrative Paddy Power Sprint with 7-1 joint-favourite Burn The Boats.

A maximum field of 30 went to post for the six-furlong cavalry charge, with several British challengers looking to pick up a share of the huge 100,000 euro prize fund.

Yorkshire raider Whozthecat (20-1) came with a strong challenge down the centre of the track heading inside the final furlong, but Burn The Boats finished the stronger to take top honours by three-quarters of a length.

Whozthecat ran an excellent race to fill the runner-up spot, while Lyons also saddled the third home, Joe Eile (20-1).

Lyons said: "The horses are in great order at the moment. The fellow is owned by David Spratt who is a good pal of mine but he is not too well at the moment, so this is a good tonic for him.

"We knew we wouldn't get into the big races at Royal Ascot with him so we decided to aim him at this.

"He can go anywhere from six furlongs to a mile. The penny has not really dropped with him and he will learn a lot from today."


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