De Bromhead targets Galway for impressive Sizing Italy
SIZING Italy booked his ticket to the Galway Festival after turning over Steps To Freedom in a hot novice chase at Killarney.
Having his first run for Henry de Bromhead, the six-year-old (13/2) jumped well as Andrew Lynch settled his mount in behind leader Nearest The Pin for most of the journey. Lynch moved into the lead at the second last fence, and kept on well to get the better of the favourite by just over two lengths.
John Murphy saddled a 1-2 in the John Buckley Auctioneers Handicap as 7/4 joint-favourite Capitol Hill edged out High Hill Beauty by a head. The victory completed a double for Joseph O'Brien, who steered Royal Irish Hussar to victory in the opening maiden over 14 furlongs.
Trained by his father Aidan, the 5/4 favourite (available as high as 9/1 in the morning) galloped on to slam Dermot Weld's Train Of Thought by 11 lengths.
Weld didn't have to wait long for compensation as his Khothry (6/1) benefitted from by a power-packed Pat Smullen ride to claim the fillies' handicap. Well-backed 9/4 favourite Neophilia looked sure to strike when Rory Cleary pushed her into the lead at the two-furlong pole.
However, Smullen got a terrific response from his mount to win by a short head.
Elsewhere, there was good news of Limerick jockey Brian Toomey, who has been moved out of intensive care as he recovers from head injuries suffered in a fall at Perth a fortnight ago.
Toomey was hurt when Solway Dandy fell in a conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle. The 24-year-old was taken to hospital in Dundee, where he underwent an operation to reduce swelling on his brain.
Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund, stated: "We are pleased to say that Brian's progress continues and he has been moved from the Intensive Care to the High Dependency Unit."