Condon sprinter earns salute
Published 20/04/2015 | 00:36
Ken Condon's 11-1 shot In Salutem came through strongly in the final furlong to seal victory in the Cunnighams of Kildare Handicap at the Curragh.
Master Speaker led briefly after Cash Or Casualty had taken them along, with In Salutem making strong headway behind horses as Shane Foley looked for a gap.
When it came the five-year-old - who finished last of 10 at the Curragh on his previous start - soon took control and won by a length and three-quarters.
Condon said: " He's a favourite in the yard. He probably hasn't won as many as we hoped or he threatened to. He runs plenty of times as he's a sound horse - he always saves a little bit for himself.
"He has always shown plenty of ability in his work. I suppose typical of a lot of sprinters, he's sort of five now and sort of mature now and working nicely.
" He didn't handle the heavy ground the first day of the season and as a consequence was last, but had been working nicely since. The drier ground helped him. He doesn't want it firm, just an ease in the ground is perfect.
"He leads some of our smart fillies at home, like Newsletter. Hopefully we can aim him for some of the nice Premier Handicaps here at the Curragh. With a penalty for that he'll get into all the good sprint handicaps like the Rockingham and the Paddy Power. We'll look forward to another productive year with him, hopefully.
"Shane was always going to ride him with confidence and he surely did. Even at the furlong pole he had a little bit to do, but he got there in good time and did it well."
In-form jockey Chris Hayes, earlier successful on Penny Pepper, completed a double on Papa's Way (9-2) in the Clongowes Wood College Bicentenary Handicap.
Paul Deegan's five-year-old, a winner at Cork earlier this month, struck for home on the turn into the straight after racing prominently and showed a gutsy attitude to keep all-comers at bay for victory by three-quarters of a length from Lady Giselle.
"Chris had him rolling down the hill and got them on the stretch. He's riding out of his skin at the moment," said Deegan.