Sunday 18 February 2018

Hughes hits form with profitable four-timer

Thomas Kelly

WHILE Go Native's impressive victory on the level was the star turn at Galway, in-form Dessie Hughes walked away with the training honours.

The Curragh-based handler recorded a hat-trick at the western venue, and also trained the winner of the bumper at Naas to rack up a near 79/1 four-timer.

Just for good measure, the trainer's son Richard also had four winners over at Leicester for a 346/1 accumulator.

The first of the Hughes' winners at Galway came in the opening maiden hurdle when Killavalley ran out a two-length winner under Bryan Cooper.

The Tralee native was also on the mark for the stable aboard Lyreen Legend, which stayed on strongly up the hill to edge out Ipsos Du Berlais.

This win completed a treble for Cooper as he was also successful aboard his father Tom's Coole Avenue in the Mulholland Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle.

Hughes, meanwhile, completed his brace when Johnny King drove Somethingwonderful to a narrow victory from Fickle Fortune in the closing bumper.

Nina Carberry rode the runner-up in this contest but enjoyed better fortune on Noel Meade's Go Native which recorded an effortless victory in the www.swordsecurity.com (Q.R.) Race.

The nine-year-old can list a Supreme Novices' Hurdle, a Fighting Fifth and a Christmas Hurdle on his roll of honour but he missed over two years before returning to action to finish third at Navan earlier this month.

There was never any danger of defeat this time as Carberry brought the 5/4 favourite wide throughout, before cruising into the lead at the final furlong and beating Cry For The Moon by six-and-a-half lengths.

Irish Independent

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