Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 16 December 2017

Foolish Comment gets Swan off mark

Thomas Kelly

Charlie Swan secured his first Flat turf winner of the year when Foolish Comment had the final word at Wexford last night.

Although more renowned within National Hunt circles, Co Tipperary-based Swan appears to have unearthed a smart animal with which to go to war on the level this summer.

The 4/1 shot came into his own at the top of the home straight before being pushed clear by Billy Lee, whose mount had five and a half lengths in hand at the line.

Bridge Mountain, Ballydoyle's 5/4 favourite, was a tailed-off last after running as though something was amiss.

Kevin Prendergast set the tone for what he hopes will be a profitable weekend when Hedaaya (9/2) landed the opening maiden.

The Co Kildare handler saddles Termagant in the Irish 1000 Guineas and Recharge in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, and will head to the Curragh in high spirits on this evidence. Jim Bolger also warmed up for Gile Na Greine's and Atasari's quest for 1000 Guineas glory with a double.

Ceannline firstly struck gold in the Campile Handicap, after which Mianach justified 6/4 favouritism in the Black Point Handicap.

Paul Townend and Not To Know (4/1) emerged victorious in the Owenduff Handicap.

Katie Walsh's golden spell in recent months continued when winning on Bombalong in the first division of the mares' bumper.

Irish Independent

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