'Whisper' saves bookies from hammering
The bookmakers were spared a hammering with the victories of Silent Whisper and Foxhollow Lady in the finals of the Classics as the National Coursing Meeting reached a climax at Powerstown Park yesterday.
Silent Whisper, trained in Scartaglin for Castleisland owners Tim and Marc Nolan, ran out a decisive winner of the BoyleSports Derby as he handed out beatings to Needham Yippee, Blueview Trump and City Link on the final day.
In the final, Silent Whisper led from slips and was always holding the call as he led home City Link by two and a half lengths.
It was a great success for legendary trainer Moss O'Connor and it also prevented a great Classic double for Brendan Matthews.
In the previous course Matthews' Foxhollow Lady had run out a clear winner of the Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks from a very tired Elegant Dame.
The winner was bred by John Flynn and is owned jointly by Matthews and Nora Raleigh.
Foxhollow Lady had earlier beaten her kennel companion Myleene in the semi-final while she had beaten Manley Flight in her first run of the day.
There was a terrific crowd and they saw Marie Field's Kyle Mozart prove too strong for Floating Victor in the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes while Liam Tobin's Dicks Bimbo was a popular local winner of the Bruton Champion Bitch Stake.
The TA Morris Stakes was won by the Jonathan Best-trained Mayfield while the UK's Neil Herbert won the Kitty Butler Stake with Scaredy Pants.