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Brisbane Cup: Irish Sequel a hit for prominent owners Noel Greenhalgh and Peter Tighe


Irish trainer Dermott Weld made up for giving some Aussie owners a slow horse, finding them Irish Sequel who is now a Brisbane Cup winner.

Irish training master Dermot Weld once brought a horse for big-time owners Noel Greenhalgh and Peter Tighe deemed too slow to race in Australia, so he thought he better produce another one.

It turned out to be the well-named Irish Sequel, who put in a brilliant staying performance at Eagle Farm on Saturday to grab the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (3200m) on the quick seven-day back-up from last week’s Winter Cup in Sydney.

While Waller is overseas putting the finishing touches on Nature Strip and Home Affairs at Royal Ascot, Irish Sequel flew the flag for the stable in top order.

“Dermot made the choice for us,” Tighe, who famously owned super mare Winx said.

“He thought the first one wasn’t really going to take us anywhere, so he said he’d get another one for us.

“We’re glad he did because it turned out to be this one.”

Winx may have won just about every race possible for Tighe but he said Saturday’s staying test was the first two-mile victory he has ever had as an owner.

The well-supported Through Irish Eyes went for home under Jamie Kah early in the straight but jockey James McDonald bided his time and produced a perfectly timed run to victory.

It followed Charmmebaby’s victory in the Listed Wayne Wilson (1600m), who was also on the seven-day back up for trainer Lawrie Mayfield-Smith.

The mare has become a Brisbane specialist in the last year, taking out her second stakes-level success in the city after being a regular commuter between Mayfield-Smith’s Eagle Farm stables and Bob Milligan’s at Taree.

“She’s better this time than she was last time, though she was pretty good last time,” Mayfield-Smith said.

“She’s just stronger and I think backing her up just took that edge off here, where she wasn’t throwing her head and carrying on.

“They (owners) wanted black type and she’s now run in four black type races here, won two, probably unlucky in another and ran second last week in one. The value of her of her as a broodmare is going to go up considerably.”

Originally published as Brisbane Cup: Irish Sequel a hit for prominent owners Noel Greenhalgh and Peter Tighe



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