Sport Horse Racing

Friday 18 August 2017

Canary Row flies home in Gowran mud

A long duel with Jessica Harrington’s Two For Tea ended with Shane Foley’s mount – in foal to Ruler Of The World – prevailing by a neck. Stock photo: Getty
A long duel with Jessica Harrington’s Two For Tea ended with Shane Foley’s mount – in foal to Ruler Of The World – prevailing by a neck. Stock photo: Getty

Thomas Kelly

Canary Row relished the testing conditions to run away with the Kilkenny Senior Hurlers Race Day Saturday June 24th Handicap at Gowran Park.

Third when fancied for a mile handicap at the last meeting there, Patrick Prendergast dropped his stable stalwart back a furlong and the move paid dividends.

Hitting the front over two furlongs out, the 4/1 chance flew home inside the final furlong under Gary Halpin to score by seven-and-a-half lengths from Dinkum Diamond.

Prendergast said: "He hasn't got the spark he used to have, but once the ground comes like this he goes on it and the others don't."

Being in foal obviously suits Furiosa after she opened her account at the seventh time of asking in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden.

A long duel with Jessica Harrington's Two For Tea ended with Shane Foley's mount - in foal to Ruler Of The World - prevailing by a neck.

The heavy rain did not stop Eddie Lynam's Onlyhuman running out an impressive winner of the Ladies Day June 24th (C&G) Maiden.

Already a four-year-old but having just his second outing, the 8/1 shot pulled two and three-quarter lengths clear of even-money favourite Cannonball.

Johnny Murtagh's Les Arceaux (7/1) was a clear-cut winner of the Gowran Park Golf Club Handicap under Colin Keane.

After a pair of recent seconds, Jim Bolger's New Direction (14/1) - originally only a reserve - returned to winning ways in the Festival Of Speed July 16th Handicap under Kevin Manning.

Meanwhile, Davy Russell and Jody McGarvey both recorded doubles at Listowel.

Russell scored in the opening mares' maiden hurdle when the Gordon Elliott-trained Penny Jane (8/1) emerged a length-and-a-half winner.

The Corkman later stepped in for Andrew Lynch to guide Deans Road to a rather more significant victory in the two mile three furlong handicap chase. Lynch was forced to miss out after suffering a heavy fall earlier in the day.

McGarvey did the business on Swift (7/1) in division one of the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle and then partnered the Niall Madden-trained Travertine (7/1) to victory in the three-mile handicap hurdle.

Despite having been off the track for 876 days, Uradel looked the picture of health en route to pipping Monarch by a nose in the two-mile maiden hurdle under Ruby Walsh.

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