Hold Firm does the business at Freshford

Hold Firm claimed his second cup of the season and moved into second place in the Champion Stakes table as he claimed 6 points on offer for winning the Handsome Billa Purdon Cup in Freshford. The son of Skellig Way and Skellig Tivoli, is giving the Shamrock Bar Syndicate, owners of Derby runner-up Mafi Magic plenty of excitement having claimed the Cup in Freshford a couple of weeks ago.

The Derby Trial Stake saw Wiggs Well take the honours for owners Niall and Thomas Handy. The son of Thomas The Tank and Tullamoy Queen had been a 3-1 chance overnight with the then favourite Bluebird George withdrawn before coursing this morning. He was declared the winner after Crafty Francesco was withdrawn after a back to slips in the final. This was his second outing of the season, having previously run at Westmeath.

In the Reserve Oaks Trial Stake Marshals Lily, a daughter of Timor Blue and Marshals Duchess claimed the silverware from Catch A Dream. Owned by Marie Roche, the January whelp had one previous outing at Cashel.

Handsome Billa Purdon Cup

Hold Firm (Skellig Way x Skellig Tivoli) beat Sexy Rexy

Derby Trial Stake

Wiggs Well (Thomas The Tank x Tullamoy Queen) declared winner Crafty Francesco (Thomas The Tank x Adios Belle) after Back To Slips


Reserve Oaks Trial Stake

Marshals Lily (Timor Blue x Marshals Duchess) beat Catch A Dream (Thomas The Tank x City Mango)


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