Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 27 April 2017

Harty holds Captain for Leopardstown tilt

Ashley Iveson

FORMER Cheltenham winner Captain Cee Bee will head for Leopardstown on December 27 after Eddie Harty elected to miss today's rescheduled John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.

A Grade One winner over hurdles and fences, Captain Cee Bee has raced once so far this season -- winning the Poplar Square at Naas in October and will now bid to land the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase.

Harty will be hoping his stable star can make amends for his mishap at Leopardstown last Christmas when he seemed set to beat Sizing Europe in the featured novice chase, only to crumple on landing at the final fence.

"He will probably wait for the two-mile chase at Leopardstown," explained the Curragh handler. "It's getting a bit close to Christmas now and I was a bit worried about him running over two and a half on what could be heavy ground."

Meanwhile, Ballydoyle jockey Seamie Heffernan came close to partnering a winner on the all-weather at Southwell yesterday. After guiding Riflessione to finish second in Southwell's five-furlong handicap, the jockey said: "I didn't take a job overseas (for the winter) this year and I'm currently based in Newmarket.

"I'm happy to ride out and ride for anybody who wants me. I've been to Southwell before and I like riding here as they normally go a good gallop. I came over when Aidan worked Galileo and Mozart here as well. We brought them to have a trip on the plane and a bit of sand in their face."

Following the resignation of Johnny Murtagh,O'Brien is without a No 1 jockey, but Heffernan is currently happy with his lot.

"It's great to be part of it. I've got a great job and I really enjoy what I'm doing," Heffernan said. "They really look after me, so I'm not going to be greedy. I'll take everything that's given and we'll see what happens. When they call me I jump -- that's the way it is."

At Catterick, trainer Keith Reveley took the card by storm as he landed a 4,555/1 treble courtesy of Sambelucky, 66/1 shot Columbus Secret and Heavenly Chorus.

Irish Independent

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