Tuesday 20 February 2018

Dreaper unveils potential star as Go All The Way shines on debut

Thomas Kelly

Jim Dreaper's Go All The Way made an impressive start over fences when claiming last night's beginners chase at Killarney.

Davy Russell tracked leader Moncherie on the 11/10 favourite before hitting the front at the fourth last. Market rival Burn And Turn tried to challenge, but Go All The Way pulled clear at the second last to go on to win by 11 lengths.

Dreaper's charge, fourth in the 2011 Cheltenham Bumper, had been lightly raced since due to injury. "He learned a lot today. He obviously handles a soundish surface and will probably go on better ground if necessary," said an in-form Russell. "He might struggle on heavy because of the exuberance with which he races."

Black Mac led his rivals a merry dance under Paul Carberry to land the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase for Andrew Slattery. The Meath pilot asked his mount for an effort after the second last and the 16/1 shot was soon in control, producing a great leap at the final fence.

Stonesinmypocket chased in vain, going down by eight lengths, while 2/1 favourite Dunroe Boy could only manage third.

Pat Martin's string have been in great form and he landed another winner with California Rose (11/2) in the mile handicap. No sooner had favourite Money Spider got to the front inside the final furlong than he was trumped by California Rose, which galloped on strongly under Ben Curtis.

The victory of the Aidan O'Brien-trained Chamonix in the opening maiden saw the trainer's son Joseph record his 38th winner of the season, moving him one clear of Pat Smullen and Wayne Lordan in the Flat Jockeys' Championship. The well-bred son of Galileo was sent off 4/5 favourite, and eased 12 lengths clear of runner-up Bob Lingo.

Hopes of an O'Brien double were sunk in the next as their 8/13 favourite Beach Of Falesa could only finish fourth behind Jazz Girl (20/1) for jockey Gary Carroll and trainer Andrew Oliver.

Irish Independent

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