Wednesday 24 January 2018

Cold completes quick double

Coldstonesober (near) challenges Gallant Tipp at the last before winning at Tipperary
Coldstonesober (near) challenges Gallant Tipp at the last before winning at Tipperary

Coldstonesober registered a quickfire double as he made the most of Gallant Tipp's fall at the last to come home clear in the Tipperary Town Plaza Plate Handicap Chase at Tipperary.

Jimmy Finn's runner struck gold at Sligo last Sunday and his cause was undoubtedly helped this time by his rival's late tumble, allowing him to come home a nine-length winner at odds of 11-2.

Finn said: "I'm not sure if he'd have won (if faller Gallant Tipp had stood up) but he's been a great horse to have been involved in and has been a star for us.

"He could go for the two-mile-four-furlong handicap hurdle (Wednesday) and two-mile-on-furlong (Sunday) at Galway next."

Sandymount Duke (7-4) rallied well to beat Daisy's Gift and bring up his hat-trick in the Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort Hurdle.

Jessica Harrington's six-year-old made the early running before being passed jumping the second last, although he found plenty for pressure and Robbie Power eventually got him back in front to win by half a length.

Power said: "We don't know how good he is as he only does enough and I'm assuming he'll run next in the two-and-a-half-mile novice hurdle at Galway.

"He stays three miles, is very genuine and is improving the whole time."

Henry de Bromhead and Andrew Lynch were in double form with Tisamystery (7-1) and and Pierlow (9-2) both obliging.

Tisamystery bagged the Packie Downey Memorial Handicap Chase after overcoming a messy leap at the last to win by two lengths from Lilly The Lioness.

De Bromhead said: "He was just pipped by another of ours the last day but John (Byrne, owner) took it very well and I'm delighted for him today.

"He loves a lead Andrew gave him a great ride. He was in front a little soon the last day but that is in hindsight and the bigger the fence the better for him."

Pierlow edged out Invincible Don by a nose in the Kenyon Street Traders Nenagh Beginners Chase.

De Bromhead added: "Andrew gave him a super ride and we were lucky things fell our way. I was surprised as I thought it might be a dead-heat. He's a tough horse at this level."

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