Wednesday 20 February 2019

Hot Blake scores Priceless victory

The Paul Hennessy-trained Priceless Blake was best away but he just took the first bend from Clona Dream. Stock image
The Paul Hennessy-trained Priceless Blake was best away but he just took the first bend from Clona Dream. Stock image

Michael Fortune

Sliabh Liag and Priceless Blake looked set to dominate the final of the Whatsapp Open 525 at Shelbourne on Saturday, and so it proved but Priceless Blake turned over the favourite Sliabh Liag with a powerful performance.

The Paul Hennessy-trained Priceless Blake was best away but he just took the first bend from Clona Dream.

Sliabh Liag moved second early in the back straight but she could make no impression on Priceless Blake, which raced on to land the prize for owner Bryan Murphy and trainer Hennessy by four lengths in a very smart 28.48.

It wasn't the fastest run of the night - that honour was taken by Pat Doran's remarkable bitch Brownstown Tango, as she flew out of the inside box and won by eight lengths from Sawdust Club in 28.39.

The biggest shock of the night was the victory of 10-1 Courthouse King in the concluding Getting Out 575 as Kieran Lynch's charge led home the slow-starting Skywalker Logan by five lengths in 31.54.

 

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