Wednesday 21 March 2018

Florida has day in sun

Thomas Kelly

Wexford permit holder Philip Redmond achieved his biggest success to date when Florida Express landed the feature Imperial Call Chase at Cork, writes Thomas Kelly.

The 10-year-old bounced back from a disappointing run at Fairyhouse to easily land this Listed race in testing conditions. Shane Jackson always had the 11/2 shot in a handy position as Tom The Traveller set the pace.

After Aran Concerto fell at the eighth last fence, Florida Express saw off the challenge of 15/8 favourite Tinakellylad to ease home from four out.

Philip Fenton's Woodbine Willie (5/4) shed his maiden tag over fences at the fourth attempt when taking the Beginners Chase by a neck from Spring The Que.

Tommy Stack's Lolly For Dolly proved a most appropriately named winner when justifying support (from 6/1 to 7/4) by impressively landing the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden by seven lengths, under Wayne Lordan, from Anaverna.

Stack -- the clear leading trainer with seven winners this season -- said: "We hope that she'll make into a stakes filly."

Musical Review completed a double for Lordan by taking the Easter Handicap by two lengths.

Irish Independent

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