Star Gate (Imperial Monarch) Wins The 4 Yo Maiden At Belharbour

Imperial Monarch Sires Smart Point-To-Point Double

Star Gate (4g Imperial Monarch - Supreme Judge, by Brian Boru) completed the first leg of a point-to-point double for his Beeches Stud sire on Sunday when taking the Four-Year-Old Maiden at Belharbour.

The Colin Bowe-trained bay raced in a prominent position under Rob James and improved to take second approaching two from home. Soon in front, he kept on well from the final fence to beat the strongly-fancied Balko by three lengths.

The sales ring now beckons for Star Gate, who was bred by James Leahy and comes from the family of Amberleigh House.

Shortly after at Knockmullen House, the John Berry-trained Walking The Walk (5g Imperial Monarch - Iconic Events, by Milan) kept on well to take the Five-Year-Old Maiden under Shane O’Rourke.

A promising third last time out, he tracked the leader who set a strong pace and produced a challenge in the straight. Asserting approaching the second last, he stayed on well to win by two lengths.

Owned by Philip and Orla Hore, Walking The Walk was bred by Desmond Devereux out of a half-sister to useful chaser Shining Gale. He comes from the first crop of Imperial Monarch, who commands €2,500 at the Beeches Stud this season.