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Angel hangs on for Harrington

Bostons Angel sprang a minor surprise as he saw off his only two rivals to claim the McCarthy Insurance Group Hurdle at Cork.

The meeting had only got the go-ahead after an 8.0am inspection and, following a 20-minute delay before the first race as officials made alterations to the track, it was no surprise to see quite a few non-runners on the card.

Three were taken out of the two-mile-two-furlong event, leaving Mr Warbucks and Kauto Relko, a half-brother to Kauto Star, as the joint 5/4 market leaders with the Jessica Harrington-trained Bostons Angel a 4/1 chance.

Kauto Relko set out to make all but he crashed out when beaten at the second last and Bostons Angel showed plenty of guts for Robbie Power, prevailing by two lengths from Mr Warbucks. "Bostons Angel was doing nothing the whole way around and never picked up the bit at any stage," Harrington said, "that's just the way he is and he won't change!"

The opening McCarthy Insurance Group Mares Handicap Hurdle may have gone off late but Dolly Hall (7/4) shrugged off the delay to oblige favourite backers, coming home two lengths clear for Liam Burke and jockey Robert Jones.

Just five runners went to post for the Kanturk Maiden Hurdle, with victory going to Mouse Morris' 4/5 favourite Shane Rock. Brian O'Connell delivered Kilflora (9/4) to lift the first division of the McCarthy Insurance Maiden Hurdle and spark a double for Philip Fenton, whose Old Charm (7/1) took the closing bumper.

Sunday Independent