Wednesday 21 February 2018

Falcon scales heights for Meade

Noel Meade saddled Snow Falcon to victory in the Budweiser Hurdle (Photo: Sportsfile)
Noel Meade saddled Snow Falcon to victory in the Budweiser Hurdle (Photo: Sportsfile)

Thomas Kelly

Class came to the fore in the Budweiser Hurdle at Roscommon as Snow Falcon defied an absence to claim the spoils.

Noel Meade's charge was sent off the 7/4 favourite, despite being sidelined since landing the Grade Two Boyne Hurdle at Navan in February, and Sean Flanagan let him find his feet in the early stages.

Simenon led before he was headed by Sadler's Risk with well over a circuit to travel and Aranhill Chief then took his turn at the head of affairs.

All the while Snow Falcon was travelling well within himself and, after he became the final one of the quartet to poke his head in front at the top of the straight, he kept it there to finish five and a half lengths clear of Sadler's Risk.

Meade said: "I was a bit worried that he might not be fit enough and he probably did need it a bit. Sean said he gave a nice blow turning in.

"If he jumped a little bit better, it would be a big help. He misses the odd one and tends to leave his hind legs in them. He's a fair horse just the same over that trip.

"I think that probably his next run will be on the Flat. There is a Flat maiden at Navan over two miles we could have a cut at. We could also look at Listowel but the 1m6f race might be a bit too short."

Tara Dylan (7/1) proved she has the speed for a mile and a quarter with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap.

Having struck over a mile and three-quarters at Leopardstown and a mile and a half at the Galway Festival, Tom Mullins' charge went out on her shield at Killarney, but she bounced back here to beat Malinka by a length and three-quarters.

Mullins said: "I was hoping she would win so she'd get a rating that would get her into the 1m6f handicap at Leopardstown. That was the target. We won't get too greedy. We're happy with the three wins this season, but the plan is Leopardstown."

Sir Edwin Landseer rewarded his supporters with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

The Galileo colt (2/1 jt fav), which has let favourite-backers down a couple of times, saw off Cascavelle by a length and three-quarters.

Meanwhile, Andrew Lynch faces about two months on the sidelines after suffering a fractured right humerus in a fall at Cork last Sunday.

Irish Independent

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