Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 22 March 2018

Marina sails to success for Geraghty

Thomas Kelly

Glencove Marina showed he is still a force to be reckoned with when turning in an impressive display under Barry Geraghty in yesterday's Thurles Chase.

The eight-year-old has had his fair share of injury problems over the past couple of seasons, but victories in Graded company over hurdles and fences, when trained by Willie Mullins, are a measure of his ability.

The John Brennan-owned gelding was pulled up on his first start for Eoin Griffin at Gowran Park a month ago, but was always travelling well in this Listed event. Rare Bob cut out much of the running in the two-mile-six-furlong contest, but Glencove Marina (5/2) quickly sealed matters, going on to score by four lengths.

Notre Pere seemed well beaten rounding the final turn, but ran on to deny Rare Bob the runner-up spot. The other major contender, Follow The Plan, fell with a circuit still to race.

Griffin said: "Conditions suited him. He is in the Hennessy, but we've got no real plans as we'll be taking it one day at a time with him."

Griffin and owner Brennan went on to complete a double when Under The Arch showed admirable battling qualities to beat Ahyaknowyerself by a neck under Mikey Fogarty.

Tommy Stack's decent Flat performer Magen's Star routed the opposition in the Templemore Mares Maiden Hurdle after Davy Condon's mount was backed from as big as 5/1 in the morning into 9/4.

Mullins and Ruby Walsh wasted little time in getting off the mark as they combined to land the opening novice chase with Hampshire Express.

Francis Flood's 9/1 shot Wicklow Lad ran away with the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase by 17 lengths, while Gran Torino took the Cashel Maiden Hurdle for Noel Meade and Paul Carberry.

Irish Independent

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