MR ANTOLINI CUP VICTORY
12 March 2018
The feature race on the Sandown card
on Saturday was the Grade 3 Matchbook Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle and a
battling renewal saw the 20/1 shot MR ANTOLINI (IRE) score by a neck. The two
mile trip on soft ground made it hard work, with MR ANTOLINI (IRE) and Call Me
Lord finishing nine lengths clear of the favourite Whatswrongwithyou (IRE).
Previously trained in Ireland by
Garrett James Power, he broke his maiden in a bumper at Downpatrick where he
cruised home 18 lengths ahead of his nearest rival. Sold on to the Nigel
Twiston-Davies’ yard, he has won two of this three starts for new owners Alan
and Sally Coney.
Bred by Brian Hallahan, MR
ANTOLINI (IRE) is out of an Old Vic half-sister to the Listed hurdle scorer
Verney Bird (IRE), herself the dam of the Grade 2 winner over fences Noras
Fancy (IRE). Multiple Listed winner Allten Glazed is from the extended family.
The two-mile Listed mares bumper
was the final black-type contest on the card at Sandown and it was the Stuart
Edmunds-trained QUEENOHEARTS (IRE) who trumped in a nail-biting finish. Polish
Trish (IRE) set the pace early on at a sound gallop and made most of the running
before being headed one furlong out. QUEENOHEARTS (IRE) and Queens Cave (IRE)
battled it out in the final furlong with the former staying on to win by a
Bred by Sean Mullen of
Springfield Stables, she is a daughter of the high-class dual-purpose sire
Flemensfirth who stands the 2018 season at Coolmore’s Beeches Stud at a
career-high fee of €15,000. Her dam, Chars (IRE), is an Old Vic half-sister to the
multiple Grade 1 winner Macs Joy (IRE).