Monday 1 May 2017

Morris joy as Rathlin sails home

Rathlin, with a course and distance success under his belt from 24 days ago, justified odds of 4/9 with the minimum of fuss under Davy Russell in the Follow Us On Facebook Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.

The victorious Kayf Tara gelding seemed to enjoy himself rolling along up front and barring something untoward happening he was going to win this extended two-mile five-furlong contest from some way out.

In fairness to the mare Banjaxed Girl she ensured it was no cakewalk for the 'hotpot', but two and three parts of a length separated them at the line. Mouse Morris handles Rathlin for Gigginstown House Stud and he said: "He was hanging a bit, but that was probably because of the ground. He jumped well and he was giving 13Ibs to the second so that wasn't bad. He'll get three miles."

Abou Ben, a Beneficial gelding that looks to have a bit of size to him, is making up for lost time, as on outing number six he gained his third victory, as a 10-year-old now in the Racegoer's Package 25euro Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Paul Townend's mount was following up a Navan win from 47 days back. He wasn't great over the final hurdle but he quickened up well on the run-in to get the better of Darwins Fox and Maggie Connolly by half a length and a length and three parts.

Andy Oliver trains Abou Ben and he said: "He's a good horse. After Navan we took our time with him. We've always rated him. He was off the track for two years and you need to mind him but he has plenty of ability."

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