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Flynn elated after Storm cruises home

Published 19/07/2010 | 05:00

Jockey Stephen Gray and trainer Patrick Flynn after winning the Arthur Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap, with Bahrain Storm. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Jockey Stephen Gray and trainer Patrick Flynn after winning the Arthur Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap, with Bahrain Storm. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Bahrain Storm showed his well-being ahead of a bid to win successive Arthur Guinness Galway Hurdles later this month when striking at Tipperary.

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Pat Flynn's seven-year-old stormed past 2006 Galway hero Cuan Na Grai to win the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle in tremendous style.

Taking it up between the final two flights, Bahrain Storm (3/1) was five lengths clear of Cuan Na Grai at the line. Cooper's Crest was third.

"We knew he was in savage order coming here today and we'll head for the Galway Hurdle again. This win will leave him spot-on for it," said Flynn.

"He has 11st 8lbs at Galway and I might claim 7lbs off him then. This was a fine stepping stone for him."

David Casey guided Glenstal Abbey (9/4) to a debut win over fences in the Family Day Beginners Chase. The six-year-old led home a one-two for owner JP McManus as Wise Old Owl stayed on for minor honours.

"I'm delighted with that as he jumped well enough and although it is hard to know what to make of the race, he seemed to be idling," said trainer Charlie Swan.

Pom Flyer (3/1) overcame some alarming jumping errors to take the Packie Downey Memorial Chase in the hands of Barry Geraghty.

Pom Flyer jumped badly left at the second-last and with the race at his mercy, got the last wrong.

Winning trainer Francis Flood's son Fran said: "Tipperary's tight track suits him better than the likes of Punchestown and Leopardstown. We might aim him at Listowel next as it is a similar track to here."

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