Sunday 22 April 2018

A training first for Delcros, and a four-timer for Elliott

It may have only been a run-of-the-mill card at Down Royal, but it was a day Christian Delcros will never forget as Rossmore’s Pride provided him with his first winner as a trainer. (Stock Picture)
It may have only been a run-of-the-mill card at Down Royal, but it was a day Christian Delcros will never forget as Rossmore’s Pride provided him with his first winner as a trainer. (Stock Picture)

Thomas Kelly

It may have only been a run-of-the-mill card at Down Royal, but it was a day Christian Delcros will never forget as Rossmore's Pride provided him with his first winner as a trainer.

The Frenchman has been in Ireland over 40 years now and, having worked with some of the biggest names in training, will have picked up the odd nugget or two.

Rossmore's Pride, returning from a break, won at the ninth time of asking under Simon Torrens in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.

Donegal-based Delcros said: "It took a long time! I took out the licence a year ago and we had a couple of horses placed.

"I was a jockey in France and moved to Ireland in 1977. I worked for 'Darkie' Prendergast. Then I went to Dessie Hughes when Dessie started off - I worked with him for 27 years.

"I rode for Dessie and did bits and pieces that could be done in a racing yard. I was head man there."

He added of his 5/1 victor: "He did it nicely, he's not a horse that would enjoy that sort of ground. Now he's going to go and jump a fence."

Icario (13/8) continued the golden run of Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell in the opening maiden hurdle, before Mala Beach (4/9 fav) strolled to victory in the feature.

Elliott completed a treble - making it four on the day, following a winner at Limerick - when Tintangle justified 8/11 favouritism in the bumper under Lisa O'Neill.

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Pete So High landed a thrilling victory for Elliott in Limerick's featured two-mile hurdle for four-year-olds thanks to a fine ride from Jack Kennedy.

In an eventful finish, Elliott's inmate looked have things in control when forging ahead on the run to the last, but surrendered the advantage when hesitant at the final jump and that allowed Randalls Ur Poet to skip clear.

However, Kennedy conjured a late surge from the 100/30 shot and collared Seamus Fahey's runner right on the line for a short-head success.

Kennedy was out of luck on Crezic in the Twitter Maiden Hurdle as he hit the deck when challenging The Granson at the final flight. That left the trailblazing six-year-old, ridden and trained by Denis Hogan, clear and the 7/4 chance crossed the line over seven lengths ahead of Buck A Trend.

Castafiore Park justified strong market support in the opener. Sent off a warm 4/6 favourite, Paul Nolan's charge led them into the home straight and pulled clear under Bryan Cooper.

Baelle Fox belied odds of 16/1 with a comfortable nine-length victory over Goodthynemilan in the Handicap Hurdle and there was an upset in the closing bumper as Willie Mullins' 5/6 favourite Clinton Hill was touched off by three-quarters of a length by Tim Hyde's Kelp Forest (14/1) in the hands of Stephen Connor.

This secured a double for the veteran Cashel-based trainer as he had earlier sent out Feelin Groovy (9/2) to land the four-year-old bumper and give 16-year-old grandson of the same name his first taste of success in the saddle with an eight-length defeat of The Big Galloper.

Irish Independent

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