Friday 23 March 2018

Corstorphine shines for Oxx


Corstorphine (5-1) showed tremendous battling qualities to run out an all-the-way winner of the Frank Conroy EBF Maiden at Leopardstown.

Eighth behind Sanus Per Aquam at the Curragh on his debut, John Oxx's charge was sent straight to the front under Declan McDonogh, but looked a sitting duck as Whiskey Zulu was breathing down his neck a furlong out.

Restive also came with a late run, but Corstorphine was not to be denied, beating Whiskey Zulu by half a length.

Oxx said: "I thought he'd run well in the Curragh but he didn't run much of a race really.

"He's been working well since and I thought he'd be in the money today. He's a good genuine type and stays the trip well.

"We'll put him in something better now and see how he gets on."

Pullman Brown powered to victory in the 'Damian Dempsey' Handicap.

David Marnane's 5-2 favourite drew alongside Aurelia Cotta at the furlong power and streaked away under Connor King, scoring by four lengths.

Marnane said: "He's learning his game. He got mugged a little bit the last day. He was a little immature and is still immature.

"He's starting to settle now and today when he got to the front he finished it off well. He'll have no problems getting a mile-and-a-half.

"His full-brother in American won a Grade 2 and only got going when he was four. I fancy that this horse could be quite similar, although whether he gets to that level I don't know.

"He's in the horses-in-training sales in October. He's part of a syndicate that we are disbanding."

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