Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Listowel feature is plain sailing for Bay

Norther Bay and Robbie Power sail over the final fence on the way to landing yesterday's feature at Listowel. Photo: Healy Racing
Norther Bay and Robbie Power sail over the final fence on the way to landing yesterday's feature at Listowel. Photo: Healy Racing

Thomas Kelly

Norther Bay bounced back to his very best as he took the featured Kevin Broderick Memorial Handicap Chase at Listowel yesterday for in-form trainer Eoin Griffin.

The eight-year-old soon led the field under Robbie Power and continued to do so until four from home where he was headed by Dundrum.

However, he came back again at the second last and was ridden clear to score from Armaramak, with Dundrum two-and-a-half-lengths back in third.

Griffin said afterwards: "He got a heavy fall the last day at Fairyhouse. Robert gave him a lovely ride, as he is not the easiest to ride. He will be kept on the go now, and fingers crossed he can pick up another one."

There was an exciting finish to the John J Galvin Handicap Hurdle, in which the Christy Roche-trained Abbey Glen just got the better of 13/8 favourite Bideford Legend.

The son of Presenting was completing a hat-trick of wins and although Bideford Legend looked set for victory when leading at the final flight, Abbey Glen flew home on the run-in to get up on the line for Alan Crowe.

"He jumped well, he put his head down from the back of the last and ran on well," said Frank Berry, racing manager for owner JP McManus. "He was lucky to come out the right side of the photo and he will be kept on the go."

The day began with another success for the trainer-owner combination of Henry de Bromhead and the Alan and Ann Potts partnership as their Catcherinscratcher took the opening Kingdom Mares Maiden Hurdle in the hands of Davy Russell.

Benefit Of Porter took the mares' beginners' chase for trainer Pat Sinnott. The daughter of Beneficial, under Barry Geraghty, joined favourite Our Victoria at the second last and held the call by three parts of a length.

The opening division of the Harvest Festival Handicap Hurdle proved a good result for the layers as 25/1 chance Kalico Kim came out on top for trainer John Ryan and jockey Declan Bates.

The second division went to the Dessie Hughes-trained Baby's Hot, which struck at the 11th time of asking under Tralee native Bryan Cooper.

Another local rider was in the winner's enclosure after the hunters chase as 24-year-old Asdee native Moira McElligott displayed admirable composure to partner Chrisdonlady to victory for trainer Seamus Neville.

"She is a great mare, very consistent," said Neville. "She is improving. Good ground is perfect for her. She will be kept on the go now during the summer in handicaps."

The closing bumper was won in style by Trabajo, which bounced back from a stumble over hurdles at Tramore on Friday to win for John 'Shark' Hanlon.

"Brian Hayes would have been riding him only for he was injured when he was unseated from him at Tramore," said Hanlon. "A horse coming from behind stood on his throat and I gave him the week off, so it's a pity for him."

Irish Independent

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