Monday 23 April 2018

Geraghty breezes to victory on Jacksonslady

Thomas Kelly

Barry Geraghty (right) partnered Jacksonslady (8/1) to an impressive victory in the Grabel Mares Hurdle at Punchestown yesterday.

The six-year-old, which was always travelling well behind long-time leader Bleakfield Lady, moved into contention turning for home before taking over at the last and appeared to have plenty left in the tank as she went on to extend her lead to six lengths by the time she crossed the line.

Successful trainer Philip Dempsey said: "She's a decent filly. She missed the first, but maybe the ground was the cause of that as she is a super jumper normally.

"Barry was happy enough to let her pop around. We might leave her off until the spring now. She's a mare that's kept improving."

Bleakfield Lady held the staying-on Elyaadi for the silver medal, with 11/8 favourite Chaperoned well behind sixth.

The Gordon Elliott-trained His Excellency (7/4) was the hot favourite for the Go Racing In Kildare Festival 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle, but it was the yard's other runner, Face Value (20/1), that landed the opening contest.

The Tobougg gelding had plenty to find with leader Hollymount King as they jumped the last, but under a strong Davy Condon ride he picked to nicely to score with two lengths in hand.

Sword Of Destiny (11/8 favourite) made a very promising start to his hurdling career with a facile victory in the Follow Punchestown On Facebook Maiden Hurdle.

Davy Russell's mount never came off the bridle as Noel Meade's bumper winner eased to a 12-length victory at the chief expense of Minella For Value, which edged out Prince Ludic for second.

Wither Hills (7/1) defied top-weight to record a two-and-three-quarter-length verdict from Monahullan Prince in the Lewis-Crosby Challenge Handicap Hurdle, while the well-fancied Stonemaster (10/11 favourite) had to settle for a four-and-a-quarter-length second behind On The Way Out (5/1) in the Trinity College Dublin Horseracing Society Beginners Chase.

Ruby Walsh got on the scoresheet when partnering Burnt Oil Babe to victory in the For Better Value Handicap Chase.

The 4/1 favourite did battle with Good Decision up the home straight and came out on top by three-quarters of a length, with Smoking Aces flying at the finish to claim a close third.

Irish Independent

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