Thursday 18 January 2018

Murtagh's versatility shines with Rich Coast

Press Association

JOHNNY Murtagh did some double-jobbing in style as he gave the horse he trains, Rich Coast, a fine ride to claim the featured Guinness Handicap at Listowel.

Murtagh made a winning move when taking three lengths out of the field by going for home two and a half furlongs from the finish.

The Andrew Tinkler-owned five-year-old galloped on strongly to score by two and a half lengths from the 6/4 favourite Quick Jack, with Barack third.

The Listowel Printing Works Maiden proved a real family affair for the O'Briens as Egyptian Warrior – trained by Aidan, owned by wife Ann Marie and ridden by their son Joseph – powered cleared by seven lengths.

Modista took the nine-furlong handicap under Chris Hayes, but on a bad day for punters, Kevin Prendergast's charge proved the only winning favourite on the card.

John 'Shark' Hanlon's Hidden Cyclone overcame an untidy jump at the last to land the Southampton Goodwill Chase.

The 2/1 second favourite led four out and soon pulled clear, but had to work after his mistake before holding Forpadydeplasterer by two lengths.

Hanlon said: "He ran well considering that he was a bit sketchy with his jumping. He's my stable star – last year the horse was never right. He's turning a corner. He had problems that we've got sorted and he showed what he can do today.

"The Paddy Power at Cheltenham in November is in my mind for him, but he needs to tidy up his jumping a bit. He's a very ignorant horse and in the stable he'd knock the door down."

Irish Independent

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