Bags with a Real Appeal Harrington receives the Ballycorus award.


Bags with a Real Appeal Harrington receives the Ballycorus award.

In the Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown, Real Appeal came from behind to deny Lord Of The Lodge an all-the-way victory.

When Karl Burke’s Lord Of The Lodge took an early lead under Gavin Ryan and led his opponents a merry dance, it looked like the trip from North Yorkshire might be worthwhile.

Ryan appeared to have judged it well as he kicked ahead with over a furlong to go, but Shane Foley was well aware of what he was up against.

Jessica Harrington’s Real Appeal, who was a close third in a lucrative handicap last time out in Cork, came home with a sweeping gallop down the outside to collar Lord Of The Lodge near to the finish line.

Kevin Prendergast’s Monaasib, who finished third behind Poetic Flare in a Guineas Trial earlier in the season but never threatened to get involved, was the race’s biggest disappointment.

Real Appeal won by a half-length at 6-1, with Pearls Galore in third two and a quarter lengths behind.

“He adores Leopardstown,” Harrington added. His handicapping days are definitely over now, in my opinion.

“He like decent ground, Leopardstown, and we’ll see where we can take him now.

“He’s come a long way this year; he’s a new horse, and I’m extremely pleased with him.

“I don’t think he’ll go much more than seven (furlongs).” Even so, he arrived a little early and was pulling himself up to the front.

“This was the idea, and I’ll have to check the program book right now.” He’ll return here for the seven-furlong race on Champions Weekend, and that’ll be his goal at the conclusion of the year.”


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