Wednesday 22 November 2017

Casamento star of Carroll treble

Gary Carroll. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Gary Carroll. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Casamento was the highlight of a Gary Carroll treble at Tipperary yesterday, looking like a horse with a big future when taking the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

The Sheikh Mohammed-owned colt (8/1) created a particularly good impression in beating Cannon Hill by two and a half lengths on his racecourse debut, with Carroll replacing the injured Shane Foley on the son of Shamardal.

Winning trainer Michael Halford said: "He is big and still a bit babyish, but we've always liked him and he's always shown plenty at home. We're just delighted to get him started.

"We have him in the National Stakes and we'll have to discuss where we'll go next."

Carroll had struck earlier on Halford's Della'alba (3/1), which was defying a 326-day absence as she came home in good style to land the Maiden.

"She did it really well considering that we thought she'd need it," Halford said. "She fractured a cannon bone and took a long time to come right."

Carroll's hat-trick came via another spare as he replaced the dehydrated Johnny Murtagh on Joanna Morgan's 4/1 favourite Beauthea in the Tipperary Town Handicap.

Carroll kicked on two and a half furlongs out, with the judge ruling there was nothing to separate the market leader from the fast-finishing King's Bastion.

The latter was a short price to get the race in the immediate aftermath, but with no mirror image available, a dead-heat was called.

Morgan said: "She's a lovely game little filly and she is in at Galway on Monday and she might go there."

Things got even better for the Morgan yard when Fourpenny Lane (5/1) landed the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fairy Bridge Stakes under Rory Cleary, standing in for Willie Supple.

Irish Independent

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