Friday 17 November 2017

Mr Cracker profits from late Stock fall to score for Hourigan

Mr Cracker bounced back from a disappointing run to record his second win in three races over fences at Limerick yesterday.

But the task of Michael Hourigan's charge was made easier in the Glenview Stud Novice Chase when Taking Stock fell two fences from home. Mr Cracker (5/2) set out to make all under Davy Russell but was being hassled by Taking Stock when that horse came down when holding every chance. Son Of Oscar took second place, nine lengths in arrears.

"I thought he might have won in any case and they are there to be jumped. He'll go for the Drinmore at Fairyhouse next," said Hourigan.

Trainer John Walsh enjoyed a double with Belord (9/2) in the maiden hurdle and Mantell (5/1) in the Britain v Ireland Ladies Handicap Hurdle.

Having his third start for Walsh, Belord beat Worldly Wise by four lengths under Kevin Coleman. "He'll go for a winners' race and judging by the way he won there, a longer trip would suit," said Walsh.

British riders ruled in the ladies race with Alex Dunn, aboard Mantell, getting the better of Lorna Brooke on Brave Heart to score by four-and-a-half lengths.

Odds-on favourite Carloswayback confirmed the promise of his debut in a Leopardstown bumper in February to take the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle.

James Nolan, brother of winning trainer Paul, said: "We think a fair bit of him and he could go to the Royal Bond or a novice at Navan."

Returning after 238 days, Flemensford (9/1) stayed on dourly to beat False Messenger by two and a half lengths in the Newton Abbot Races Handicap Hurdle.

Action for a second day is subject to a morning inspection due to the adverse weather forecast, with the going already described as soft.

Presuming they get the go-ahead, Andrew McNamara and Edward O'Grady could take the day's honours as Punchestown bumper winner Staying Article and Torphichen both stand out.

Irish Independent

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