Acclaimed success for Morrison
veteran Co Waterford trainer John Morrison continued his remarkable rejuvenation of Much Acclaimed when the four-year-old ran out a comfortable winner of the Listowel Races Supporters Club Lartigue Hurdle yesterday, writes richard Forristal.
Purchased in November for just £800, the Sulamani gelding has now been beaten only once in his last five starts for the handler -- this length-and-a-quarter verdict under Paddy Mangan coming after an equally smart triumph at The Curragh on Saturday.
Returned at 5/1, Much Acclaimed eased through the testing conditions here to beat Walden Prince under the five-pound claiming Mangan.
After landing the €29,250 pot, Morrison said that the winner would now get a break, though he also revealed ambitious future plans.
"I don't want to be too hard on him because I think he could potentially be an Arkle Chase horse in a couple of years' time, so he will probably get a rest now," he said.
"He probably suits a person like myself with just a few horses. He is very highly strung, but if I leave the stable door open and let him come and go as he pleases, he is as happy as could be."
Craughwell-based Ger Lynch enjoyed his first winner of the campaign when Golden Alou and amateur rider Declan Queally avoided all the carnage in an incident-packed Kerry Petroleum Handicap Chase.
Once the 12/1 shot assumed the lead four out, the outcome never appeared to be in doubt.
Of the jockey booking, Lynch reported: "I rang Declan and asked him would he do what he was told if he rode him, and he said he would. The horse has had wind problems -- he needs to be ridden handily, and Declan did just that."
The concluding maiden hurdle went the way of Shane Broderick's 6/4 favourite Black Benny, while Pat Flynn and Danny Grant enjoyed their second win of the week when 10/3 favourite Mamma Rosa landed a fine touch in the mile fillies' handicap.