Thursday 18 January 2018

Casey back on song with commanding display aboard Boulavogue

Thomas Kelly

David Casey showed he is fighting fit ahead of his ride on Snowy Morning in Saturday's Grand National when guiding Boulavogue to victory in the Ballybin Hurdle at Fairyhouse yesterday.

The jockey's Aintree participation looked in serious doubt when he suffered a crashing fall on the ill-fated An Cathaoir Mor on Monday but subsequent X-rays showed he had not suffered a fractured pelvis, as first feared.

Casey had 4/1 chance Boulavogue in second for much of yesterday's three-mile contest. Having cruised into the straight, he powered clear to beat favourite Prince Erik by four and a half lengths.

Winning trainer Charlie Swan said: "David was brilliant on him. He's a consistent sort and deserved the win. I'm not sure what'll we do now, whether to go back over fences or go for another hurdle. We'll just wait and see."

Elsewhere, Day Of Destiny (10/1) recorded the first win of his career in the Ballyhack Maiden Hurdle under Philip Enright.


Andrew McNamara guided John Carr's Benash (5/1) to victory in the Ratoath Maiden Hurdle. "The softer the better for him," said Carr. "He'll go for the winner's-of-one race on the Wednesday of the Punchestown Festival and that'll be it for him.

"We'll probably go chasing with him next year. He's related to a few good horses over fences."

Rock Diplomat got back to his winning ways after he landed the Royal County Handicap Chase for trainer Michael Cunningham.

Robert Power settled his mount in behind the leaders and made progress to join the leader approaching three out.

Power had to work hard aboard the Oscar gelding to lead just before the last but the pair stayed on well to record a four-length win over Lydon House.

The Tony Martin-trained Askmeroe put in a fine display of jumping to land the beginners chase in the hands of Ruby Walsh.

Walsh made it a pillar-to-post victory aboard the son of Rudimentary, the pair were clear entering the straight and kept on to post a 21-length victory.

The Fegentri World Championship Handicap Hurdle went the way of Tulachsarain, trained by County Armagh's John Woods and ridden by Paul Power.

Meanwhile, Horse Racing Ireland has announced that the Gowran Park fixture called off due to waterlogging will now take place next Wednesday.

Irish Independent

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