Monday 20 November 2017

Carmody hails All That Rules after slick Wexford success

Tommy Carmody produced an eye-catching winner in the Andrew Tinkler colours when All That Rules enjoyed the step up in trip to nearly a mile and a half in the Clonard Maiden at Wexford last night.

The three-year-old (2/1 favourite) was badly drawn in 15 and Ben Curtis had to go round the outside to challenge, but he swept to the front in the final furlong to beat Hail by a length and three-quarters.

Carmody said: "He's progressed since I got him. He has his handicap mark and he'll go for a handicap next. He carried Ben well there and he quickened well when asked to."

Cabin, which finished second to Epsom Oaks winner Was on her debut in a Curragh maiden last year, had to dig a little deeper than expected to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden on her seasonal bow.

Aidan O'Brien's 4/6 favourite looked to be struggling heading for the home bend, but Seamie Heffernan conjured a late surge from her and she just got up to beat Hayloft by half a length.

Danny Grant sent Final Flashback (9/1) to the front from the start and Pat Flynn's seven-year-old stayed there to take the Slaney Handicap, but Benefit Of Porter was an unlucky loser as he was stuck in a pocket before going down by a rapidly diminishing neck.

Trainer and jockey doubled up when Al Mancilia (6/1) flashed home by a neck in a thrilling four-way finish to the Belmont Handicap, but the race was marred by a pile-up when The Reek lost her action and five horses came down. Reports indicated there were no serious injuries.

Pat Shanahan was on the mark when Lady Jock (5/1) stayed on strongly for Colm O'Donoghue to take the Enniscorthy Handicap.

At Down Royal, Jimtown, a 14/1 chance, won the Apple Orchard Handicap. Declan McDonogh's mount beat Circumstances by a head, with the well-backed market-leader King Of Dudes having to settle for fourth.

Irish Independent

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