Monday 14 October 2019

Moyhenna romps to 25-length success

'Hogan's charge could be called the winner a long way from home as she travelled and jumped powerfully on her way to a 25-length success.' Stock photo
'Hogan's charge could be called the winner a long way from home as she travelled and jumped powerfully on her way to a 25-length success.' Stock photo

Thomas Kelly

Moyhenna ran her rivals ragged on the way to an impressive win of the Charleville Cheese Mares Novice Chase at Limerick.

Trained and ridden by Denis Hogan, the seven-year-old filled the runner-up spot on her first two starts over fences and had failed to complete on her two most recent outings at Fairyhouse and Thurles.

Hogan's charge could be called the winner a long way from home as she travelled and jumped powerfully on her way to a 25-length success.

The Willie Mullins-trained favourite Redhotfillypeppers made a bad mistake at the final fence when already well held and was ultimately beaten to the runner-up spot by 33/1 shot Oh Me Oh My.

Hogan said: "I was never as sick as I was coming home from Thurles the last day, and the quick ground floored her the time before in Fairyhouse - she is a National Hunt mare and was going a stride quicker and is not for good ground."

Ruby Walsh was at his brilliant best as he delivered Robin De Carlow to win the Mares Novice Hurdle. The Mullins-trained six-year-old won successive Listed prizes over this course and distance, and at Cork in the autumn, but had since disappointed at Graded level twice.

Having been dropped out towards the rear of the field by Walsh for much of the two-mile-six-furlong journey, she began to make ominous inroads on the leaders before the home turn.

Robin De Carlow hit the front travelling strongly on the run to the final flight and jumped it well, but in the end she was all out to deny Well Set Up by a nose.

Gold Cup hero Paul Townend recorded his 95th winner of the year when he partnered 2018 Cheltenham Festival Bumper runner-up Carefully Selected to victory in the Maiden Hurdle.

Townend now leads Rachael Blackmore 95-84 in the race for the jump jockeys championship.

At Wexford, Westerner Point dug deep in the closing stages to run out a game winner of the featured Veterans Handicap Chase.

Remarkably, it was his third St Patrick's Day win at Wexford, Edward O'Grady's charge having also scored there in 2015 and 2016.

Unfortunately, front-runner Kylecrue suffered a fatal injury after a mistake at the second last.

Crazyheart could afford to ease down in the closing stages under Mark Walsh to run out a cosy winner of the Barry Ennis Memorial Novice Handicap Chase and complete a double for trainer Paul Nolan, who also scored with Fine Theatre.

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