Saturday 21 April 2018

Cash reaps rewards with Suku to spark front-running bonanza

Barry Cash produced an excellent ride with Johnny Suku in the oprning hurdle at Sligo. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Barry Cash produced an excellent ride with Johnny Suku in the oprning hurdle at Sligo. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Thomas Kelly

Sligo's tight turns have traditionally proved a happy hunting ground for front-runners and last night's card proved no exception as making the running proved a popular route to success

Barry Cash set the ball rolling as the long-serving stalwart of the weigh room produced an excellent ride to make every post a winning one aboard 25/1 outsider Johnny Suku in the opening maiden hurdle.

William Murphy's charge was friendless in the market after he had pulled up in all three point-to-point starts. However, the application of blinkers appeared to work the oracle and Cash was happy to open up a big lead in front from flagfall.

Brian Hamilton's odds-on favourite Jimmy Two Times closed up travelling well approaching the final obstacle, but the response was disappointing and Johnny Suku found plenty reserves to prevail by a length and a half.

In the novice hurdle, Robert Tyner's near 600-mile round trip from Kinsale was made worthwhile as Who Let De Dogsout was another to make all the running.

Always lobbing along under Philip Enright, the 6/1 chance was challenged strongly by favourite Shantou Flyer in the home straight, but was too strong for that rival on the run-in, scoring by half a length.

Yet another front-running display saw Kilcarry Bridge run out a convincing winner of the Ellen's Pub Maugherow Handicap Hurdle.

Ryan Treacy was happy to set off in front on the John Ryan-trained 3/1 joint-favourite and he came home clear of Honourable Lady by six and a half lengths.

Noel Kelly's Back To Bracka was always prominent in the hands of Mikey Butler in the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle before easing to to a seven-length win over Polish Partizan.

Richard Brabazon's Kindly Vinnie became another big-priced winner when the 25/1 long shot took the mares' maiden hurdle for Andrew Thorton, while the closing bumper went to the Shay Barry-trained Cracked Rear View.

Having finished runner-up over fences at Roscommon on Monday night, the John Larkin-trained Lady Olwyn (3/1 favourite) showed her toughness under Ger Fox by getting the better of the well-backed Better Back Bob in the Kilcawley Construction Sligo Handicap Hurdle.

Irish Independent

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