The Tony Herlihy trained Irish Whisper wasn’t supposed to be able to be beat Stent in the Group One feature but the “Iceman” as Herlihy is known certainly drove the six year old by Sundon as though he thought he could.
With The Fiery Ginga setting a strong tempo in front early Herlihy launched his charge inside the final 1500 metres to lead. At this stage favourite Stent was settled 2nd to last with the strong pace on.
As they passed the 550 metre mark Colin De Filippi sent Stent forward and most would have predicted him to whoosh on by which he did but to Irish Whispers credit he fought back to win by a nose.
“That was a brave run, he had to be good today and he was” said an almost out of breath trainer/driver Tony Harley.
“Stag came around and made me work a bit and then Stent went passed me but he fought back, it was a very good run”
Owned by Murray Norman Irish Whisper is fast returning the big price tag that was paid for him some 14 months ago when the deal was negotiated by bloodstock agent from Auckland John Curtin.
Irish Whisper trotted the 2700m mobile in 3.22.33 a mile rate of 2.00.6 with his last quarter in 29.8.
Stent was gallant in defeat with Dr Hook running third there was some distance back to the fourth horse Boizel who was 10 lengths away.
Herlihy has now won the feature Group One on no less than five occasions.
Justin Le Lievre