Tuesday 21 November 2017

Dromnea too good for Listowel rivals

Dromnea is clear at Listowel
Dromnea is clear at Listowel

Dromnea ran out an emphatic winner of the Southampton Goodwill Chase at Listowel.

Last year's winner Kylecrue took them along just two days after pulling up in the Kerry National, but he was passed by the eventual winner and 5-4 favourite Hidden Cyclone approaching three out.

Dromnea (9-1), making his first appearance since December, was travelling much better than Hidden Cyclone and soon assumed control, putting in a couple of solid leaps at the last couple of fences to help seal a two-and-three-quarter-length success.

His trainer Mouse Morris said: "His jumping got him into the race and he was probably in front a bit soon.

"He's not an out-and-out three-miler but he'll probably get an entry in the Munster National.

"I'd say we'll try and find another race like that. He's fairly capable at his best but my horses were sick last year."

Cathal Landers is riding well at present and got Gold Smoke (11-1) home in the Paud, Sarah & Mary Fitzmaurice Memorial Handicap Hurdle.

Eugene O'Sullivan's mare was stepping up in trip after finishing fifth here on Sunday, but saw out the three miles to account for I Will Follow by four lengths.

West Light was third, with Silver Planeur, who beat Gold Smoke last weekend, having to settle for fourth.

O'Sullivan said: "She is a very nice mare and just took a while to get the hang of it. She ran very well here on Sunday and she just needed that bit further.

"She just got caught for a bit of toe the last day. She is a lovely, tough filly that needs a trip. She will win over fences and is a lovely jumper.

"She is entered at Ballinrobe but that may come a bit soon and I'm not sure if she will run."

Turbojet has picked up plenty of minor money so certainly wasn't winning the John J. Galvin Maiden Hurdle out of turn, cruising home in the style his 1-2 SP suggested he would.

Masons Daughter let down favourite-backers at Ballinrobe last month but atoned with a decisive triumph in the Listowel Printing Works Irish EBF Mares (Pro/Am) Flat Race at odds of 100-30.

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