Wednesday 23 January 2019

McAteer continues on the up with Gowran win for Bolger

Trainer Jim Bolger. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Jim Bolger. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Promising apprentice Luke McAteer bagged his third winner with a confident display on Admodum to claim last night's Thomaston Handicap over a mile for Jim Bolger at Gowran Park.

The American-bred five-year-old (11/2) came sweeping down the middle of the track in the final two furlngs to secure an unlikely victory. He got there in the closing stages to touch off Koybig by three parts of a length.

Bolger had to settle for the runner-up spot with New To Town in the featured fillies race as the Ger Lyons-trained Espere ran out a comfortable winner.

Following up her debut win at Killarney, the 11/10 favourite tracked the Bolger representative for much of the contest before leading a furlong and a half out and powering clear to prevail by four and three-quarter lengths.

The opening claimer was won in impressive style by Patrick Prendergast's Muzbid in the hands of Ronan Whelan.

The issue was never in doubt from the furlong pole as Runner-up, the well-backed 9/4 favourite, streaked over four lengths clear from The Lords Walk.

There was controversy across the water at Cartmel where the Furness Fish & Game Handicap Hurdle was declared void after the first-flight fall of The Compeller.

Given Cartmel's tight track and the position of winded jockey Derek Fox on the course, there was no chance of the remaining 15 runners being directed around the hurdle to continue the race.

Clerk of the course Anthea Moorshead said: "Thankfully Derek was just badly winded. He laid very still and didn't move at all and was laid in the bypass ground. The medical team were on the spot quickly and put the screens around him immediately.

"Thankfully both horse and jockey were all right. We had a vet on the scene immediately who assessed the situation, but with the jockey in the bypass ground, we didn't have sufficient space for the horses to get by.

"The jockeys were all very supportive and I was proud of the team on the ground who implemented this for the first time."

Irish Independent

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