Thursday 25 December 2014

Burn And Turn gives Jessica Harrington her fifth winner of the week

Published 02/05/2014 | 16:17

2 May 2014; Operating, with Robbie Power up, jumps the last ahead of Balnaslow, with Ruby Walsh up, on their way to winning the Aon Novice Handicap Steeplechase. Punchestown Racecourse, Punchestown, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Operating, with Robbie Power up, jumps the last ahead of Balnaslow, with Ruby Walsh up, on their way to winning the Aon Novice Handicap Steeplechase.
Rohan's Pride, left, with David O'Leary up, races ahead of Mtada Supreme, with Noel McParlan up, on their way to winning the KFM Hunters Steeplechase at Punchestown

Harrington's incredible week continued when Burn And Turn just got the better of She's Got Grit after the last to win the seaniemac.com EBF Mares Handicap Chase at Punchestown today.

Robbie Power cruised through the race on the 7-1 chance and it only looked a matter of time before the jockey took it up from She's Got Grit, who battled gamely but went down by half a length. Une Artiste was third.

Harrington said: "It's good that we split them up, she could have run in Operating's race as well.

"I thought for a moment she wasn't going to put her head down.

"She had a wind op after last summer and has regained her confidence - she jumped great.

"She's another one who will be kept going and is another possible for the Galway Plate."

Jessica Harrington secured a Punchestown treble on Thursday and maintained her hot streak when Operating landed the Aon Novice Handicap Chase earlier.

The seven-year-old was beginning to look a little disappointing but was sent off at 12-1 having won last time out at Cork.

Road To Riches attempted to make all of the running under 7lb conditional Ger Fox and he had everything beaten bar Robbie Power and Operating, who tracked the leader throughout.

It was a battle royal after the last, but Operating came out on top to win by three-quarters of a length, with the Rebecca Curtis-trained The Romford Pele third.

Sizing Gold, the heavily-backed 9-2 favourite, was a huge disappointment.

Successful owner Michael Buckley said: "To be fair to Jessie, she had this race in mind for him all year because he loves this better ground."

Harrington said: "This has been the plan all year, he's been disappointing on heavy ground.

"It was much better at Cork last time when he won and that gave him confidence, he's jumped great and he stayed galloping.

"I suppose he might end up a Galway Plate horse, I'll have to treat him like a good-ground horse.

"I thought he had a good chance off his weight."

Rohan's Pride provided his connections with a day they will never forget when winning the opening KFM Hunters Chase at the Punchestown Festival.

Restricted to horses owned by landowners in the Kildare area, the well-backed 4-1 chance was a winner of a point-to-point at Lisronagh last month, and was too powerful for Shin A Vee in the home straight.

Mtada Supreme, the 7-4 favourite, was beaten when he made a mistake at the last and could finish only third.

Winning trainer Robert Honner, whose family own both the horse and a stud, said: "It's only my third runner, I got the licence in March.

"To get a winner at the Festival is very exciting. I stand his sire, Pushkin, and to get runners out there I started training this horse.

"I'm delighted to get a good hunter chase win with him and I'm delighted for my father, who works on the stud with me, and Tommy (Flaherty) the breeder.

"We stand Mustameet as well."

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