Sunday 23 April 2017

Carlingford Lough scores for McManus

The 12/1 winner impressively made up ground on the front-running Tajweed to lead early on the run-in, and kept on really well to beat that rival by three and a half lengths.

Kiely went on to complete a 64/1 double when Galway native Derek O'Connor partnered Saint Gervais to an impressive victory in the concluding bumper.

O'Connor sent the six-year-old to the front approaching the straight, and the 4/1 favourite soon drew clear to such effect that he had nine lengths to spare at the line over Maller Tree.

"He lived up to what we always thought of him. He ran too free the first day at Punchestown, and was beaten by a good horse (Clondaw Warrior) last time at Cork. He'll go for a winners' bumper," said the Waterford trainer.

The placings remained unaltered following a stewards' enquiry which did not involve the winner.

Kate Harrington (Maller Tree) and Andrew Duff (on fourth-placed Realt Den Chathair) were both severely cautioned over two separate incidents in the straight.

The famous red colours with a white question mark of the Mulhern family graced the winners enclosure after Good Shot Noreen got off the mark in the seven-furlong handicap.

Wayne Lordan went for home off the home bend and quickly poached a decisive advantage on the 7/1 chance, staying on under pressure in the straight to beat Lake George (9/1) by a length and a half.

In the 12-furlong handicap, the well-supported Lovers Peace rewarded punters who had supported her from a morning price of 10/1 into 11/2 at the off.

One of just two Flat horses in training at Castlelyons, Co Cork with Edmond Kent, the Oratorio filly stayed on gamely to peg back Gentleman Duke and score by a length and a quarter under Danny Grant, who only returned to action last Friday after a month on the sidelines with an injured ankle.

"This filly stays really well, and the further she goes the better. We were quite confident today with a mile and a half on this track," said Grant.

Irish Independent

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