Thursday 18 January 2018

Joy for Jonjo as enigmatic Holywell shines for McLernon

CORK jockey Richie McLernon broke his Festival duck last year and he doubled his tally as Holywell broke his run of second places in the Pertemps Final.

Trained by Jonjo O'Neill, the enigmatic Holywell felt the benefit of first-time blinkers as he prevailed by a length and a half from Captain Sunshine.

"It was brilliant," said O'Neill. "Richie gave him a great ride and it all went the right way for us. It is not easy, but it's lovely to get winners here."

Liam Treadwell executed an excellent front-running ride on Carrickboy (50-1) in the Byrne Group Plate to cap an excellent season for Venetia Williams.

A bout of colic meant stable star Katenko has to miss out on the Gold Cup, but Carrickboy's brave one-and-a-half-length success over Vino Griego will have offered a measure of solace to Williams.


It also proved something of a redemption for Treadwell, who has struggled to make his mark in the riding ranks following his 2009 Grand National win aboard Williams' Mon Mome. "I couldn't be happier with the result," he said.

The David Pipe-trained Matuhi fell at the last and despite the best efforts of the veterinary staff, had to be put down.

Ryan Hatch was another to score his first win at the meeting as the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Same Difference (16-1) outgunned Super Duty by a head in a pulsating finish to the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

Hatch said: "I daren't believe I'd won. I was upsides Derek O'Connor, the top boy in Ireland, and I wasn't 100pc sure but when they said number 13, I was fair relieved."

The horrendous fall suffered by JT McNamara on Galaxy Rock in the early stages saw the Irish amateur airlifted to hospital, which meant the closing Glenfarclas Handicap Chase was delayed by 30 minutes.

Irish Independent

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