Sunday 24 September 2017

Cannon Hill on money at Navan

Cannon Hill bounced back to his best to win the featured conditions race at Navan last night.

The Dermot Weld-trained son of Holy Roman Emperor was heavily supported just before the off and returned the 7/2 market leader.

Banna Boirche had finished ahead of the winner in a Listed race at Naas earlier in the month and he struck the front two furlongs out. But Leigh Roche produced his mount between runners and he showed a bright turn of foot to put two lengths between himself and the runner-up.

"He can be a bit free in the blinkers and Pat Smullen told me I'd be better going down early so as not to get him lit up with the other horses," explained Roche. "The race worked out well for him. He quickened up nicely."

David Wachman's Experience (1/2) landed the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden in good style.

The odds-on chance was chased home by newcomer Lightening Pearl but she was in a league of her own, scoring by two lengths under Wayne Lee at the second time of asking.

Nidian (11/2) dug deep for Shane Foley to repel the rallying Expire to claim the Navan Golf Course Maiden.

The disappointment of the race was market leader Brazilian Breeze, which failed to pick up after travelling nicely.

The Slane Handicap went to Noimead Draiochta, trained by Jim Bolger and ridden by 10lb claimer David Parkes, who was enjoying his first winner. Bolger has his string in tremendous form and this 5/1 chance relished the step up to a mile.

He stayed well on to beat Extra Steps by a length and three quarters.

John Oxx's odds-on favourite Long Journey Home was getting tired in the closing stages of the Follow Us On Facebook Maiden but Niall McCullagh kept him going to beat Charlie Swan's Maggie Neary by half a length.

McCullagh then teamed up with Swan to complete a double as he guided Lady Bennett to a battling victory over the gambled-on Johnnys Legacy in the 10-furlong handicap.

Irish Independent

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