Wednesday 24 August 2016

Chance leads rivals a merry dance

Published 17/07/2014 | 21:38

Chance To Dance wins at Leopardstown
Chance To Dance wins at Leopardstown

Chance To Dance produced an excellent weight-carrying performance to land the valuable Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Nasrullah' Handicap at Leopardstown.

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Settled towards the rear by Kevin Manning, the top weight made stealthy headway before striking the front at the furlong pole.

Jim Bolger's 5/1 chance came clear, and though Magnolia Beach sneaked up the inner to mount a serious challenge in the closing stages, Chance To Dance was too strong, scoring by half a length.

Bolger said: "There's a little race at Naas on Wednesday for him (Michael Higgins And Co. Race), then I'll apologise to him and give him a break.

"He will be okay as he has been turned out quickly before and we can't pass up an opportunity.

"We will school him for the Champion Hurdle after that! I think he could be the real deal over jumps.

"He goes on any ground and six furlongs to a mile and a half is all the same to him. All my horses jump and he'll be no different."

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