Tuesday 20 February 2018

Mullins gets reward on Murphy's 'Mor'

Jockey David Mullins. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Jockey David Mullins. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

David Mullins's persistence was rewarded at Killarney yesterday when he galvanised a renewed burst out of Kennedys Mor to thwart Black Benny.

On just his fifth mount since returning from injury, the Grand National-winning rider turned what looked like a lost cause into an unlikely success. The outcome seemed a foregone conclusion when Black Benny strode on from two-out. However, having been matched at 1.01 on Betfair for €17,510, he wilted up the short run-in.

The brave layers' dough was done, as Kennedys Mor, owned by its west Cork breeder John Kennedy, went one better than in the same Dawn Milk-sponsored handicap a year ago.

"I was sure he was beaten, but he's a tough horse," trainer John Murphy said of the 7/1 shot, which was matched for €23 at 1,000/1 on the exchange.

Andrew Lynch continued his fine run of form by taking the featured handicap hurdle on Edward O'Grady's Time For Mabel (6/1), while Norman Lee's Supreme Vic readily landed a touch (6/1 into 5/2) over fences.

"I'm delighted and it is a gamble landed," said Gort-based Lee of the in-foal winner. Aidan O'Brien's Beacon Rock flopped in France but son Joseph collected here with Tesseract (5/2).

He later combined with his other son Donnacha to score with Sportsmanship (evens fav) at Leopardstown, before daughter Ana drove Paul Deegan's Three Majors (7/1) to victory.

David Wachman's return to form also continued there, as Wayne Lordan just got Intern (12/1 into 7/2) home.

Irish Independent

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