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Keelaghan justifies strong Cork support

Published 18/10/2010 | 05:00

Ruby Walsh guides the Tony Martin-trained Keelaghan over the final fence on the way to landing yesterday's featured handicap chase at Cork. Photo: Healy Racing
Ruby Walsh guides the Tony Martin-trained Keelaghan over the final fence on the way to landing yesterday's featured handicap chase at Cork. Photo: Healy Racing

Keelaghan justified strong support to win the featured Kinsale Handicap Chase in great style at Cork yesterday.

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Tony Martin's 10-year-old travelled well for Ruby Walsh and a mighty leap at the final fence sealed victory for the 11/10 favourite.

"He has to have good ground as he had a wind job done before," said Martin. "There is a nice two-mile handicap for him in Cheltenham on the Friday of the Paddy Power meeting, so he could go there."

Walsh was completing a 5/1 double after riding Anshan Dreams to take the INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle. The 2/1 favourite beat Michelle's Express by a length and three quarters.

Jockey Tom Doyle was back in the winner's enclosure for the first time since August when guiding home Arguidos in the handicap hurdle.

Trainer Nicky Stokes, celebrating his first success under Rules, said: "We'll see about Thurles on Thursday where he is in over two miles six with a 4lb penalty."

Outsider Back Of The Pack made it two out of two over fences when landing the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase by a short head from Sebadee and surviving a stewards' inquiry.

Trainer Colin Kidd said: "She deserves a crack at black-type now and there is a Grade Three Mares' novice chase for her in Clonmel."

Irish Independent

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