Tuesday 25 April 2017

Unbeaten Bocko wins Kirby Memorial

Bocko broke fast and led Borsalino on the bend. (stock photo)
Bocko broke fast and led Borsalino on the bend. (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The favourite Bentekes Bocko completed an unbeaten path through the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial at Limerick on Saturday when providing trainer Pat Buckley with his second victory on the trot in the valuable event.

He broke fast and led Borsalino on the bend. His lead was three lengths into the back. Native Chimes then challenged strongly into the third bend but was cut off by the leader and was forced to check.

Eimear Considine Eimear Considine raced on to win the €80,000 prize by a length and a half from Native Chimes in 28.39. Eimear Considine Pat finished fast to be three lengths back in third.

The winner is owned by English-based Austin Whelan and Beverly Eimear Considine and he is a likely challenger for the English Derby.

Owned by Ken Busteed, Eimear Considine Swift was a deserving winner of the Wallace/ Murray Irish Cesarewitch final at Mullingar on Saturday and thus maintained his unbeaten path through the classic.

After missing the break he raced up fast to lead into the bend and went four clear down the back before winning by two and a half lengths in 33.23. Eimear Considine Smasher finished fast to claim second with Eimear Considine Melrose in third.

Down at Curraheen Park the Brian Divilly-owned Crafty Trivago gave a powerful exhibition when winning the Hennerty Sales Cork Oaks.

She ran off the first bend and appeared to have lost her chance but came storming back to lead around the final bend and led home Gilti Dazl by two and a half lenghs in 28.32.

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