Thursday 23 November 2017

Foley holds nerve to keep Bob on course for victory

Shane Foley managed to hold on to an erratic Bob Le Beau in the closing stages to land yesterday's Irish Stallion Farms EBF August Handicap at Dundalk.

Jessica Harrington's three-year-old ran on strongly despite veering towards the centre of the course in the final half-furlong. The 7/1 chance was far enough in front not to cause any interference and got home by a length and a half from top-weight Northgate.

"He's very tough and genuine and he veered left close home as he was just looking for some company," said Foley, celebrating his 16th winner of the campaign.

English-based trainer Kevin Ryan took the sprint handicap with Bajan Tryst under Pat Smullen, who had his mount in front with over two furlongs to go. And the 4/1 shot kept on well to beat Luisant by a length and a quarter.

Sampers (9/2) could bid for a quick double at Cork next week after winning the opening five-furlong race. Gary Carroll had Michael Halford's filly in front over a furlong out and she forged clear to score by two lengths.

"The race unfolded well for her, they went fast early on and she loves plenty of pace," said Halford.

"If the ground stays good, we'll bring her to Cork next week for a handicap and if she improves enough, we may go for a five-furlong Listed race here."

The Ger Lyons-trained Peahen (6/1) floored odds-on favourite Emerald Ring to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden under Keagan Latham.

"She's a lovely filly and we thought she'd run well first time out at Naas but she ran into a bit of trouble," Lyons said.

At Tramore, Paul Carberry confidently steered Supercede to an easy three lengths winner of the Noel Cummins Bookmaker Handicap Chase.

The son of Lahib was the 23rd winner of the season for trainer Gordon Elliott and led from the last to easily defeat Oscar Glory.

"Supercede did that better than I expected. Hopefully he can win another and he may go to Perth on Saturday," Elliott said.

Mooncoin-based trainer Eoin Doyle continued his good run when saddling King High to win the O'Shea's Hotel Chase. Ridden by Shay Barry, King High led from two out and stayed on well to beat Changing Course by five lengths.

This evening's meeting at Roscommon sees Ruby Walsh make his long-awaited return from injury. Walsh rides his father Ted's Hail Caesar in the four-year-old hurdle and the pair should prove too strong for Soldier Bay.

Irish Independent

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