Sunday 4 December 2016

JP hits jackpot once more as Wins Now comes good for Madden clan

Published 31/07/2010 | 05:00

But Niall 'Slippers' Madden was hard at work on Wins Now, with King Ali also in full flight, and in the end that pair just ran the 5/1 favourite Truckers Delight out of it.

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A head was the margin of victory for Madden on the nine-year-old, trained by his father, Niall, and running in the Galway Plate-winning colours of JP McManus.

"I was hoping he'd get into the Plate on Wednesday. He has been a bit disappointing, but runs well around here and was fifth in the Plate last year," said Madden Snr.

"The better ground was a help. We'll look for another handicap chase and may try to find something back here."

Kalellshan became the first horse to win twice at the Festival this week when again successfully adopting front-running tactics in the Guinness Handicap Hurdle for amateur riders.

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The 11/4 favourite, already a winner here on Monday evening under Davy Russell, defied a 6lb penalty under James "Corky" Carroll.

The Charles Byrnes-trained gelding was sent straight into the lead, and proceeded to dominate the two-and-a-quarter mile event with some superb jumping.

The seven-year-old travelled well into the straight and appeared to have plenty in reserve when beating Turner Brown by three-and-a-half lengths.

"There is no other way of riding him, and he stays better than people give him credit for," said Byrnes afterwards.

"James got a breather into him, and he went away again. I suppose he may go to Listowel, and it's always an option to go back chasing."

Meanwhile, connections of King Of Redfield, beaten a neck by Hoopy in a controversial finish to the three mile Tote-sponsored handicap hurdle on Wednesday, have decided not to lodge an appeal.

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