Wednesday 21 February 2018

Hogan delight as Kalellshan makes light work of rivals to land spoils

"His half-brother Riviera Poet won this last year," added Weld.

Kalellshan was another to make front-running tactics pay in the & Handicap Hurdle.

Denis Hogan's top-weight had not been seen over hurdles for 731 days, but a recent run on the level had sharpened him up.

Mark Enright adopted the positive tactics that had served Walsh so well in the first race and the 7/1 chance showed more resolve than the favourite, Maxim Gorky.

Hogan still rides, but after discussions with the owner it was decided to use Enright's 7lb claim.

Hogan said: "I was tempted to ride him, but we agreed to claim just in case I got beat half a length.


"He might run in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap on Wednesday."

Kanes Hill (14/1) could be called the winner of the Handicap from a fair way out under in-form Ronan Whelan.

Willie McCreery's three-year-old rounded the bend travelling strongly and stretched clear when asked to account for Sharp And Smart by three and a quarter lengths.

Sure Reef (11/2) raced handily and had everything in trouble off the home bend to land the Galway Oyster Hotel Handicap in style for Mick Halford and Shane Foley.

Jim Bolger struck in the concluding INH Flat Race as the Patrick Mullins-ridden Cul Baire (5/2) stormed clear to beat the Weld-trained favourite Silver Concorde.

Irish Independent

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