Wednesday 21 March 2018

Condon purple patch continues as Emperor rules at Kilbeggan

Thomas Kelly

DAVY Condon continued his red-hot streak at Kilbeggan when guiding Honourable Emperor to victory in the opening maiden hurdle.

The Cork jockey has enjoyed a real purple patch of late – spearheaded by a Down Royal four-timer last Friday night – and there's no sign of his winners' bandwagon coming to a halt.

Condon displayed plenty of confidence aboard Honourable Emperor as the Noel Meade-trained gelding came from a good bit back in the field to claim the spoils.

The winner – a well-backed 5/2 second favourite – was badly hampered at the second last, where All Fired Up fell and brought down Goal, but he quickly recovered and came with his challenge up the rail.

Condon's mount had very little room approaching the final flight, but he jumped it well as Magical Moon fell and Honourable Emperor galloped on strongly to win by four lengths from Castletimon.

Gudnis Gracious Me showed her rivals a clean pair of heels in the following Fay Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle by making all in the hands of Mikey Butler.

Jessica Harrington's Beachdale Lad followed up his impressive Roscommon success with an all-the-way triumph in the Tyrrellspass Novice Chase.

Mark Bolger saw a stride heading to the penultimate obstacle on the 5/4 favourite, and he winged it to steal a valuable few lengths on his rivals, before keeping going right the way to the line to account for Six Stone Ned by 15 lengths.

Double Seven (14/1) had shown precious little over fences heading into the EBF Handicap Chase, but capitalised on his comparatively lenient mark to score with plenty in hand.

Michael Bowe's Akatara (3/1) won for the second time at this venue in the T & V Novice Hurdle.

The gutsy mare was brought to challenge by Jody McGarvey on the run to the last where a good jump helped seal a length-and-three-quarter defeat of Tapaigh An Deis.

Trainer/jockey Denis Hogan struck with Cerveza Dinero in the Hurley Family Handicap Hurdle.

Irish Independent

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