Oscar just keeps on winning
Published 04/05/2013 | 20:06
Fiery Oscar has been a real star for the Rodger Sweeney yard this year and put up a superb show to make it four wins in a row in the GAA Supporters Day 19th May Handicap Hurdle at Limerick.
The 11-2 favourite, reverting to the smaller obstacles after winning over fences last time, took up a challenging position on the turn for home under Colman Sweeney and skipped over the final two flights to score by nine and a half lengths.
The winning trainer said: "He is like wine, he is improving with age, and he won snugly there. He has turned inside out and I'm not sure where he will go next. He might have one or two more runs before we give him a break for the summer."
Jessica Harrington's classy mare Burn And Turn (11-10 favourite), third in a Grade Three contest at Fairyhouse last time, won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase in some style, jumping ahead two out under Robbie Power and beating Six Stone Ned by eight lengths.
The trainer said: "I'm delighted with her, it was coming. She has now won a bumper, a maiden hurdle, a conditions hurdle and a novice chase. She will be kept going during the summer on summer soft ground."
Philip Fenton's 2-1 favourite Band Of Blood, winner of a point-to-point and a bumper, added the www.limerickraces.ie Maiden Hurdle to his tally under Brian O'Connell, asserting going to the last and pulling four and a half lengths clear of Pumbaa.
The trainer said: "That was a lovely run. I think he will be quite a nice horse. The drop of rain did him no harm. The ground was much better than when he ran in a winners bumper here. We will go again with him as long as the ground isn't fast, and he might make a nice novice for the summer."
Cork bumper winner Elegant Statesman carried the colours of his new owner JP McManus for the first time in the June 15th & 21st Twilight Racing Maiden Hurdle and showed himself to be a smart prospect.
Mark Walsh rode a confident race on the 13-8 favourite, who is now with Henry de Bromhead, and never looked like being passed even though the challengers were queuing up at the top of the straight. He beat Giant's Quest by two and a half lengths.
Andrew Lynch was first past the post in the Kellogs Cul Camps Handicap Hurdle on 7-2 favourite Easy Vic, but Eugene O'Sullivan's length-and-a-half runner-up The Blarney Rose (12-1), ridden by Brendan Crowley, was badly squeezed up and got the race in the stewards' room. Lynch was banned for six days for careless riding.