Thursday 25 May 2017

Fisher Bridge gets back on track

Fisher Bridge gained compensation for his near miss in the Munster National at Limerick by landing the Casey Enterprise Steeplechase at Wexford under Davy Condon.

Noel Meade's son of Singspiel toughed it out really well from the last to get the better of the Paul Carberry-ridden Lucky At Last by a neck. The pair left Lucky Wish 17 lengths further back in third.

"If it was run again (the Munster National), he might win but it just didn't work out for him on the day -- Davy probably should have kicked on but he gave him a great ride there so I wouldn't be blaming him," Meade said.

"Anyway today he said that he struggled a bit on the ground and he will be wrapped up for the winter. He wants better ground. He is in at Ascot next week but I'd say that would be unlikely."

Sean Byrne Snr and Jnr from Castledermot enjoyed a day to remember with a 59.5/1 double at the Wexford venue, the former saddling winners Steel Park and Lead Kindly Light with his son and namesake doing the steering on the pair.

Lead Kindly Light was going to win the Ferns Handicap Hurdle from a fair way out and ultimately proved four lengths too strong for Korean.

Byrne Snr, who has eight in training, said: "She had a wind op and I always knew she was a great mare. She is well-bred and she is some leaper, a real chaser. We'll try her in another handicap now."

The winning owner and breeder Brendan Cantwell from Bunclody has had Tax Relief and Panchovillas Gleam on the go before and he remarked: "It is a wonderful breed but we've been unlucky with them."

Araucaria was backed as if defeat was out of the question for the Bunclody Mares Hurdle and she justified her odds of 8/15 (from evens yesterday morning) in style under Andrew McNamara.

McNamara, in the famous One Man and Azertyuiop silks of Miss Lisa Hales, led on the Accordion mare two out and she went away to easily prevail by six lengths from Model County Lass.

"I'm very happy with her and she is living up to what she promised last year," said winning trainer John Kiely. "It was touch and go as to whether she'd run here and the owner was hoping to travel but didn't with the lack of rain.

"They did a very good job with the track here anyway. She'll go to Down Royal now for the mares Grade Three hurdle (the race Premier Victory won last year)."

Sunday Independent

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