Tuesday 16 January 2018

Harty's Style captures Punchestown feature after 'Police' blunder

Thomas Kelly

A dramatic turnaround at the final fence left the way clear for the Edward Harty-trained Like Your Style to take yesterday's feature contest at Punchestown, the valuable Aon Handicap Chase.

Ruby Walsh eased into contention on favourite Call The Police and looked to have the prize in the bag when he went clear going to the last, but Willie Mullins' charge hit the top of it and fell.

Paul Carberry made every effort to take avoiding action on Foildubh, which was the only danger, but he was unseated and the way was left clear for Mark Walsh to drive Like Your Style (12/1) to victory by half a length over long-time leader Belle Brook.

Walsh and Mullins picked up a modest amount of compensation when 1/2 favourite Lambro captured the Madra Irish Dog Food Chase without much fuss.

The seven-year-old asserted in the straight and though there was a minor scare when he wasn't too clever at the last, nearest pursuer Action Master fell and Walsh was able to ease over the line nine lengths clear of Slieveardagh.

The champion trainer and his stable jockey went desperately close to another good prize when Raptor was squeezed out by Un Hinged in a head-bobbing finish to the Coleman Tunnelling Handicap Chase.

The 14/1 winner, ridden by David Casey for trainer John Coleman, who also sponsored the race, stuck to his task gallantly on the run-in and was a nose to the good at the winning post.

However, the champion trainer later recorded a double when newcomer Well Read Man overcame trouble in running to land the bumper under his son Patrick.

"He is a nice type and being by Presenting we might keep him going and try and find a winners' bumper for him as he will handle the ground," the Closutton handler said of the 6/4 market leader.

The Pat Hughes-trained Caduceus won for the third time in four outings this season when the 4/1 favourite stayed on strongly to account for long-time leader Miss Pepperpot by three and a quarter lengths in the '3' Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase, despite Paul Townend losing his whip going to the last.

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Antrim trainer Roy Wilson recorded his second winner in as many days as his Seriatim captured the three-mile maiden hurdle under Chris Cully.

The Mullins-trained Are Ya Right Chief was sent off the 5/6 favourite, but he failed to quicken with the winner as Whispering Hills stayed on to edge him for the runner-up berth.

There was better luck for favourite backers in the opening maiden hurdle when Christy Roche's 7/4 market leader Knocklong get the better of Face Value.

Irish Independent

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