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Joe can end hunt for victory at Mallow's Easter festival


Charles Byrnes' Kerrieonvic is the chief danger in this, but he has become unreliable

Charles Byrnes' Kerrieonvic is the chief danger in this, but he has become unreliable

Charles Byrnes' Kerrieonvic is the chief danger in this, but he has become unreliable

Leading hunter chaser Mossey Joe is the star attraction on the final leg of the three-day Easter festival at Cork Racecourse.

Bought for the princely sum of £160,000 by leading owner Barry Connell in January, the 11-year-old tired after racing prominently in the Foxhunters at Aintree, eventually finishing third behind Warne.

That is the best bit of current form on offer in the Jack Tyner Memorial Hunters Chase that Mossey Joe contests today, though fellow old stagers Loosen My Load and Major Finnegan would pose a threat if they were to recapture something like what they were capable of at their peak.

On a card dedicated to amateur riders, Colman Sweeney can get proceedings under way by taking the maiden hurdle on Charles Magnes.

Charles Byrnes' Kerrieonvic is the chief danger in this, but he has become unreliable, while the Denise Foster-trained Charles Magnes looks far progressive.

Placed on its last two outings off marks of 100 and 104 respectively, the lightly raced eight-year-old's form ties in closely with West Of The Edge on a line through the two-time Clonmel winner Tooreen. If first-time cheek pieces help Charles Magnes here, that could give him a vital edge.

Local handler Jimmy Mangan could get among the winners with Winter Magic in the Coolmore NH Sires Hunters Chase. Lonesome Glory, which toppled Oscar Delta at Tallow point-to-point in February, could be a dark horse in this, but Winter Magic has the makings of a decent animal.

A son of Cloudings, he has won three of his last four completed starts, and might have also scored at Limerick over Christmas but for tipping up at the second-last fence. He has since made amends back in the pointing sphere, so he is fancied to enjoy a first track win here under Johnny King.

Paul Moloney, who trains Lonesome Glory, might collect with Lightening Style in the two-mile-three-furlong handicap hurdle. His seven-year-old mare showed some ability over flights in the past, and three falls in point-to-points do her little justice, as she was bang in contention when crashing out late on each time.

Yesterday, Gordon Elliott's consistent Toner D'Oudairies benefited from a power-packed Davy Condon ride to steal the Imperial Call Chase from under the nose of Noble Prince.

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Paul Nolan's 10-year-old appeared to have the race in safe keeping under Alan Crowe on the run to the last. However, Condon threw everything at his mount and the seven-year-old responded in kind and landed running to set up victory by half a length.

Willie Austin's Blacklough survived a stewards' inquiry to claim the Easter Handicap Hurdle. The 7/1 shot and Bridgequarter Girl came close in the final 100 yards and there was only a neck between them at the line. Kevin Sexton moved one nearer to becoming champion conditional jockey as he is now three clear of Jody McGarvey.

Tony Martin's 7/1 shot The Plan Man stepped forward from his unplaced debut run to land the Father's Day Maiden Hurdle in impressive style.

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