Sport Horse Racing

Monday 18 December 2017

Flynn eyes Plate for Bahrain

FORMER Galway Hurdle winner Bahrain Storm will try to complete the second half of the Ballybrit double next month after landing last night's feature chase at Killarney.

David Casey produced the 5/4 favourite -- which carries the colours of the Sweeney family from Loughrea -- to challenge Davy Russell's Echo Bob at the last, and the eight-year-old stayed on to win by three and a half lengths.

"He's like a lamb at home, very easy going and nothing is a bother to him. He's a good jumper, and the more you push him the more he finds," said Flynn.

"We decided to run him here over two miles and a furlong, rather than a longer trip later in the week, to get him jumping quickly. We'll probably go for the Plate as it would be boring to win the Hurdle again!"

Russell went one better in the maiden hurdle when Henry de Bromhead's Sizing Symphony made all for an impressive 11-length success.

The opening event on the card, a juvenile auction maiden, went to Aidan O'Brien's Plutorius, which got off the mark under the trainer's son Joseph.

Bred by former Turf Club official Percy Banahan, the 7/2 chance made most of the running to beat favourite Alkazim by a length and a quarter.

"He had a little bit of trouble around the bends, and hopefully he'll keep improving now," said the winning rider.

Aragorn Icon followed up his recent win at Tipperary by taking the John Buckley Auctioneers Handicap in game fashion under Colm O'Donoghue.

The David Marnane-trained son of Tagula -- which carries the colours of the former CEO of Independent Media in Australia, Brendan Hopkins -- beat the front-running Blackwitch Woman

Andrew Oliver's Negotiate justified support when backed from 5/1 to 11/4 favourite in the Killarney Avenue/ Munster Joinery Handicap under Fran Berry. "We'll see what the handicapper does with her now," said Oliver.

Irish Independent

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