Monday 18 December 2017

Mossey Joe shines again for McNamara

Thomas Kelly

THE progressive Mossey Joe took another step up the ladder with an impressive victory under top weight in the Dromahane Chase at Cork last night.

Barry Geraghty was always travelling sweetly on the Declan McNamara-trained eight-year-old and picked off his rivals as he eased up to the heels of leader The Last Derby entering the straight.

The 5/4 favourite was untroubled as he galloped away to win by three and a half lengths. "I'll have to talk to the owner now but the original plan was that he'd get a break after today. He has a preference for good ground and he needs experience so we'll just have to see as these races don't seem to be taking much out of him," said McNamara.

Davy Russell took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Chase with Back Of The Pack, which is trained by Colin Kidd. The 10/1 shot beat off favourite Coscorrig and ran on well to win by two and a half lengths from Royal Choice.

Ruby Walsh rode a typically confident race to win the opening handicap hurdle on the Tony Martin-trained Uncle Taffy.

Settled in midfield, the 3/1 favourite crept into contention and flew past Menwaal at the last.

Selskar grabbed Commandment in the final 50 yards to take the beginners chase by three-quarters of a length, while Paul Carberry delivered Chino Valdes with a late run to land the Probus All-Ireland Rally 2011 Handicap Hurdle for Gordon Elliott. Favourite Ballintemple Star looked headed for victory, but he had no answer as the 9/1 chance zipped past to score by a length and three-quarters.

Carberry had initiated a double when Noel Meade's bumper winner Jakros (4/1 co-favourite) raced prominently before taking over two out to win the three-mile maiden hurdle by four and a half lengths.

The Meath trainer completed an across-the-card double as his Still Point ran out a comfortable winner of the seven-furlong maiden at Down Royal under Fran Berry.

The son of Invincible Spirit raced in third for much of the race before getting to the front inside the final furlong, bursting clear to win by a length and a half at the finish. Dodging Bullets kept on gamely to take second with Red Army Blues a further half a length back in third.

Irish Independent

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