Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 25 February 2018

Bazaar success strikes for Ballydoyle at Ballinrobe

Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Favourite backers struggled last night at Ballinrobe where the bookies got the better of the exchanges in the ring.

Of the opening four races on the Flat, the victory of Aidan O'Brien's Bazaar (4/9) in the maiden was the sole success by a market leader.

Willie McCreery and Wayne Lordan teamed up to claim the opener with What Lies Ahead (9/2), while Pat Flynn's 14/1 outsider Hangar Five sprung a shock under Ian Queally in the apprentice handicap.

At this evening's meeting, Jessica Harrington and Mark Walsh could be the combination to follow in the opening maiden hurdle with Rae's Creek. While the four-year-old is making its debut over the smaller obstacles, the son of New Approach boasts some very smart form on the level – including a second to subsequent Group winner Venus De Milo just over a year ago.

The JP McManus-owned chestnut, if it jumps with a reasonable degree of fluency, can see off the challenge of the experienced Elishpour. The biggest prize on offer is in the McGrath Limestone Works Ltd. Handicap Hurdle, which sees I C Gold bid to complete a quickfire hat-trick after a win between the flags was followed by success over timber.

Gordon Elliott's six-year-old will be given plenty to think about by top weight Fethard Player, but on the basis of its rapid improvement, I C Gold rates as banker material.

Irish Independent

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