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Burrenbridge hits Listowel jackpot for Purcell


Hayes: Booted home a 370/1 treble

Hayes: Booted home a 370/1 treble

Hayes: Booted home a 370/1 treble

Burrenbridge Lodge -- a speculative purchase as a yearling for just €2,000 by Co Kilkenny trainer Kieran Purcell -- took his earnings to a staggering €97,215 by turning yesterday's Listowel Supporters' Club Lartigue Hurdle into a veritable procession.

Already renowned for laying waste to the Triumph Hurdle aspirations of the expensively bought Minsk -- which runs today -- in a Fairyhouse Grade Two in February, the four-year-old breezed through from mid-division to take the lead turning into the home straight.

Once Purcell's fellow Kilkenny native Tom Doyle gave the 11/1 shot his orders, he quickened clear of Mulleady, easing home by five and a half lengths to land a prestigious €29,250 prize for his wily trainer, who is based in Windgap, Co Kilkenny.

"I thought Tom was a bit easy on him early on because he likes to be ridden handy, but he knows the horse," admitted Purcell, a three-time All Star with as many All-Ireland hurling medals during his time at full-forward for Kilkenny in the 1970s.

"He changed gears no problem -- he is a brilliant horse to have."

In the €20,000 fillies' handicap over a mile, Kevin Manning galvanised a renewed effort from Jim Bolger's Loreto justify 9/2 joint-favouritism.

A staying-on third at Killarney previously, the three-year-old again came under pressure a long way from home, but responded well to her rider's urgings to hit the front with 150 yards to run.

Loreto is owned by Cathal Brosnan, son of Kilflynn native, Kerry Group founder and HRI chairman Denis Brosnan, and both men were on hand to welcome back the homebred winner.

"She had to work hard for it," said Bolger's representative Ger Flynn, "but she is gutsy. She was unlucky at Killarney, so this is nice compensation."

Chris Hayes, who is in the midst of a tremendous season, completed a 370/1 treble for the day on the redoubtable Fit The Cove (7/2) in the six-furlong Brandon Hotel Handicap. Harry Rogers' 12-year-old, owned by the Louth handler's wife Mary, had already won at Tipperary and Galway during the summer, and a comprehensive six-length triumph here from Srucahan was his 12th in all.

"He just loves racing," Rogers beamed of his stable stalwart. "He could run here again on Saturday."

Paul Deegan enjoyed a second juvenile maiden winner in as many days when Seolan, the 14/1 outsider of seven, made light of the conditions to run out a five-and-a-half-length victor of the seven-furlong Jet O'Carroll Memorial under Hayes. The partnership's Talitha Kum obliged by 10 lengths on Monday and this €2,200 purchase was no less impressive in easing clear on her racecourse debut.

Hayes took the mile edition on PJ Prendergast's Flameseeker (9/2), while Jimmy and Paddy Mangan bagged their second winner of the week when the 9/4 favourite Truckin All Night landed the concluding maiden hurdle.

In the Kerry Petroleum Handicap Chase, 6/1 joint-favourites Western Promise and Western Star fought out the finish, with a mistake two out by the last-named handing a crucial advantage to the Mark Enright-ridden, Shane Ryder-trained Western Promise.

Irish Independent