Tuesday 12 December 2017

High fives for Baily Green as Morris chaser claims Roscommon feature

NOEL Meade's highly regarded Dylan Ross disappointed his followers when falling on his chasing debut at Roscommon.

The 5/4 favourite -- a smart novice hurdler last season -- parted company with Paul Carberry at the second last fence and this left Baily Green clear to extend his remarkable winning run to five in the Kilbegnet EBF Novice Chase.

Baily Green (2/1) jumped well at the head of affairs under David Casey and the Mouse Morris-trained six-year-old eased 18 lengths clear of House Rules.

There was better luck for Meade and Carberry in the preceding maiden hurdle as their 4/5 favourite Busty Brown pulled six and a half lengths from runner-up Champagne Agent.

Dessie Hughes sent out his fourth winner since Saturday when the in-form Curragh handler teamed up with amateur rider Johnny King to take the bumper with 15/8 favourite Art Of Logistics.

Earlier, there was a big shock in the seven-furlong handicap as 22/1 outsider Hurricane Twister led his rivals a merry dance under a fine ride from apprentice Gary Phillips. Wearing cheekpieces for the first time, the son of Captain Rio never saw another rival as he galloped on strongly to win by three and a quarter lengths from Balrath Hope.

The five-year-old had finished last on his previous three runs but the result wasn't a surprise to winning trainer Victor Clifford. "He is a notoriously difficult ride and Gary gave him a peach of a ride -- he will go to Gowran now on Friday," said Clifford.

The most impressive winner of the day came in the apprentice handicap as the Michael McElhone-trained Hide The Evidence (12/1) was pushed 19 lengths clear of the field by Jonathon Killahena.

Tommy Stack's Angels Guard Thee (7/4 favourite) was another wide-margin winner, while Jim Bolger's Beyond Thankful (9/4) showed the benefit of experience as Kevin Manning's mount shed his maiden tag at the third attempt in the opening juvenile maiden.

Irish Independent

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