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Sunday 25 February 2018

Off The Charts proves big hit with impressive Thurles victory

Mark Walsh riding Bob Lingo on their way to winning the Galway Plate
Mark Walsh riding Bob Lingo on their way to winning the Galway Plate

Thomas Kelly

OFF THE CHARTS dug deep for jockey Mark Walsh to clinch top honours in the Thurles Handicap Hurdle for owner JP McManus and trainer Dessie Hughes.

The five-year-old was a 7/2 favourite to supplement his victory at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day and did so by seeing off Kylecrue by three-quarters of a length.

Hughes said: "It's tough conditions out there, but he stays well and we'll probably look to go over three miles the next day. He doesn't really look like being a chaser and, hopefully, he'll win again over hurdles."

McManus enjoyed further success in the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle as the Charlie Swan-trained Getoutwhenyoucan (7/2) struck gold in the hands of Ger Fox.

Bryan Cooper rode his first winner for champion trainer Willie Mullins aboard 4/5 favourite Don Poli in the Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle.

The Gigginstown-owned runner knuckled down to beat Kerrieonvic, ridden by Gigginstown's former number one jockey Davy Russell, by half a length.

Russell enjoyed better luck in the Maiden Hurdle as he scored aboard Charles Byrnes' 2/1 favourite Synchronicity.

Mullins and Gigginstown were denied a double in the concluding bumper as 11/8 favourite Measureofmydreams failed to reel in 33/1 shot Victoria Hill.

Irish Independent

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