Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Love conquers all in Thurles

Kennedy: “She is a nice mare and is progressive and I was happy enough with how I was going.
Kennedy: “She is a nice mare and is progressive and I was happy enough with how I was going." Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

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Shattered love took advantage of the fall of odds-on shot Asthuria to take the Listed honours in the Horse & Jockey Hotel EBF Boreen Belle Mares Novice Hurdle at Thurles.

There was little between the pair when Asthuria crashed out at the third-last flight. That left Jack Kennedy's mount well clear of the two remaining rivals and when Catcheragain came down at the last, the Gordon Elliott-trained Shattered Love (5/2) simply coasted home.

Kalopsia stayed on her feet to claim the runner-up prize.

"She jumped and travelled away and I was still going all right when Paul (Townend, on Asthuria) fell and I'm not sure how it would have worked out," said Kennedy.

"She is a nice mare and is progressive and I was happy enough with how I was going (at the third-last). She'd stay further."

Back Before Dawn turned the seemingly competitive Molony Cup Handicap Chase into an absolute procession.

Sandra Hughes' charge had been a shade disappointing in three chases this term, but the handicapper evidently underestimated her on her first chase in this sphere, as she eased into contention on the home turn.

Conor Brassil barely had to move a muscle as the 10/1 chance swept into the lead two out, and she cruised clear to score by seven-and-a-half lengths from Garrai Phaidin.

"She has been jumping very well, but is very ground dependant. She can't go on good or on heavy, but has a great leap for a small mare," said Hughes.

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