Wednesday 21 March 2018

Cawley makes hay as Make A Track claims Limerick prize

Trainer Charlie Swan
Trainer Charlie Swan

CHARLIE Swan opted to go to Leopardstown and missed out on seeing his Make A Track capture the featured Grade B Tim Duggan Memorial Handicap Chase at Limerick.

Owned by Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud, the son of Hernando showed plenty of class to defy top weight and score easily in the hands of 7lb claimer Brian Cawley.

The 16/1 outsider was prominent throughout and Cawley sent him into the lead with five to jump. The Willie Mullins-trained Immediate Response challenged after the second last, but Make A Track was going away from him when his rival fell at the final fence.

That left Cawley's mount to coast home 15 lengths clear of favourite Castle Conflict which held off Dick Dundee to claim the second spot.

Christy Roche's horses have been running well of late and the Curragh handler was on the mark yet again with Indian File in the opening maiden hurdle.

Carrying the colours of JP McManus, the five-year-old gelding justified strong support -- backed into 9/4 co-favourite of three -- by making all under Alan Crowe.

The other two co-favourites, The Mighty Milan and Theos Well, both tried to challenge in the straight but were quickly put in their place.

There was a massive shock in the Lyons Of Limerick Jaguar Land Rover Hurdle as 40/1 long shot Mazuri Cowboy just hung in in a dramatic contest.

Trained by Eoin Doyle and ridden by Martin Ferris, the eight-year-old was sent off the outsider of the five-strong field, with Renneti going off the 9/10 favourite for Emmet and Willie Mullins.

Renneti travelled well but crashed out at the second last. This left Mazuri Cowboy with a clear lead, but he tired badly on the run-in and 6/4 second favourite Real Steel powered home after the final flight. However, the outsider did just enough to hold on by a neck.

Irish Independent

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