Saturday 17 March 2018

Doyle team strikes again with All The Way Clonmel success

Trainer Liz Doyle
Trainer Liz Doyle

Martin Kelly

Liz Doyle and Sean Flanagan, on the mark with 25/1 chance After Aspen at Down Royal last week, combined for another success at Clonmel when All The Way Home took the Bishop Auckland Theatre Hooligans Handicap Chase.

The grey daughter of Alderbrook found support from as big as 16/1 into 6/1, and she tackled the luckless Heavenly Brook from the second last fence. All The Way Home led at the last, and she went on to defeat Heavenly Brook by two-and-a-half lengths.

Market principals Ibetellingyoualie and well-backed favourite Winter Magic had to settle for third and fourth places.

"I only had her seven weeks before her first run for me in January, and I thought she was fit enough but she blew up," revealed Doyle. "I thought she'd win today but she seemed to struggle a bit on that sticky and horrible ground."

Eddie Cawley's horses are operating at the peak of their powers right now and after Forever Gold's routing of his Navan opponents last Sunday, stable companion Fruits Of Glory put in a similar performance in the Clonmel Maiden Hurdle.

Phillip Enright was patient on the Fruits Of Love gelding, returning off a 110-day break, and the 11/4 second favourite travelled well and was five lengths up on the odds-on favourite Coolbane West.

Clara More is a ten-year-old at this stage, but there's life left in the Luso gelding yet, as he showed when winning the Kilmolash (QR) Handicap Hurdle.

However, after always being to the fore under 'Bon' O'Neill, Eoghan O'Grady's charge really asserted in the closing stages to put five lengths between himself and Lake Field.

Meanwhile, Horse Racing Ireland has announced an increase in prize-money for Irish Champions Weekend which takes the total on offer over €4m.

The highlight of the top-class action on September 12-13 is the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, which is now worth €1.1m, an increase of €100,000.

Three races at Curragh a day later have also been raised in value.

The Derrinstown Stud Flying Five has been upgraded to a Grade Two for the first time and has doubled in value from to €200,000.

The Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger has increased from €300,000 to €350,000.

Irish Independent

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