Thursday 25 May 2017

Ferbet stars at Cork

McNamara’s charge had 12 lengths in hands on evens favourite A Toi Phil who failed to land a blow. Stock photo: Getty Images
McNamara’s charge had 12 lengths in hands on evens favourite A Toi Phil who failed to land a blow. Stock photo: Getty Images

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trainer Andrew McNamara was delighted with the way his Val De Ferbet jumped as he led from start to finish to capture the Grade Three Dr Vincent O'Brien Centenary Chase at Cork yesterday.

The eight-year-old - 9/4 second favourite - had plenty in the tank as he sauntered clear in the hands of Adrian Heskin after the penultimate fence.

McNamara's charge had 12 lengths in hands on evens favourite A Toi Phil who failed to land a blow.

Two riders left the Mallow track with doubles. Rachael Blackmore, who's trying to claim the conditional jockeys title, emerged with a brace thanks to victories on Look Closer (7/4) and Static Jack (9/2) - both for Ellmarie Holden.

In the opening maiden hurdle, Look Closer readily lived up to its favourite's billing by beating Vanishing Point by over seven lengths while Static Jack's victory in the two-and-a-half mile novice chase was just as emphatic.

Anyone following Brian Hayes was pretty happy with themselves as his battling win on the Ger Murphy-trained Boru Boy (7/1) in the three-mile handicap hurdle completed a 207/1 double for the West Cork jockey.

Hayes was earlier successful aboard 25/1 outsider Conduct Yourself in the Grade B Easter Handicap Hurdle for Waterford trainer John Kiely, the pair hitting the front between the final two flights to beat Miles To Memphis by just over two lengths.

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