Saturday 19 January 2019

Harrington takes top prize with Pincheck

Pincheck steam away with the Desmond Stakes at Leopardsdown last night. Photo: Racing Post
Pincheck steam away with the Desmond Stakes at Leopardsdown last night. Photo: Racing Post

Thomas Kelly

The Jessica Harrington bandwagon rolled into Leopardsdown last night as she saw her Pincheck steam away with the Desmond Stakes, and she will now hope her impressive winner can do the same on Irish Champions Weekend.

The four-year-old returned from a 90-day break in style as he triumphed by three and a quarter lengths under Colm O'Donoghue, seeing off English raider Masaarr (7/4 fav) in fine fashion.

Pincheck (10/1) kept on all the way to the line and Harrington now has more big-race glory in mind.

"They went hard and it kind of suited him. He settled behind Donnacha, kicked off the bend and he was never going to stop," said Harrington.

"He loves it here. He won his maiden here and has been just touched off here a few times. I think it kind of suits him coming around the bend.

"That's brilliant to get. His owners Jon and Sarah Kelly are coming over for Champions Weekend so I better find something for him. I have him entered there (Boomerang Stakes).

"He's a miler and the reason I haven't run him all summer is because of the firm ground. He's a very big horse and probably would be all right on it now, but I'd rather keep him right.

"He's in Killarney next week but I'll give Marshall Jennings a chance there."

The pair went on to complete a 230/1 double as O'Donoghue drove Harrington's 20/1 outsider Dance Emperor to a one-length victory from High Altitude in the one-mile handicap.

There was one minor setback for the in-form trainer, with the news that her top-class stayer Torcedor is to leave her Moone, Co Kildare yard after being sold to continue his racing career in Germany with Andreas Wohler.

Meanwhile, Killarney native Oisin Murphy continued what has been a season to savour across the water after surpassing his best yearly total with a near 162/1 four-timer at Salisbury.

After claiming his first British Group One aboard Roaring Lion in last month's Eclipse, the 22-year-old reached another landmark when chalking up his 131st winner of the year, beating his previous best of 127.

Murphy said: "It's been brilliant and I just want to keep it going and find good horses. The yearling sales are around the corner and we are trying to find horses for next year.

"The aim is to ride as many as I can, stay injury-free and keep on improving."

Irish Independent

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