Friday 23 March 2018

Olwenbrook stakes claim for Galway with maiden surprise

Horses racing
Horses racing

OLWENBROOK may have booked her ticket to Galway by springing a 40/1 shock in the Maiden Hurdle (Div 1).

The Adrian Murray-trained mare was beaten by 78 lengths on last month's return from a lay-off but the run obviously brought her on considerably as she triumphed by a length and three-quarters in the hands of Andrew Lynch, with 5/4 favourite Overcall only third.

"It was a bit unexpected given the way they've been running," Murray said. "She's been working well at home. Mine have been running terrible for the last 12 months. One or two of them were running well enough recently so we were getting hopeful. I wouldn't mind going to Galway with her."

Lynch followed up when Ellie Mia proved four and three-quarter lengths too strong for Easter Hunt in the Regan's Bar & Quinntin's Restaurant Maiden Hurdle.

Being in-foal clearly suits Takeyourcapoff, which added victory in the Athlone Handicap Hurdle to a Perth success last month.

Paul Carberry was eager not to hit the front too soon on Gordon Elliott's 6/1 shot, and she took it up at the last before staying on to beat Mount Gunnery by four and a half lengths.

The application of cheekpieces helped Shutter Island break a sequence of second placings in the Follow Us On Facebook Maiden Hurdle.

Charles O'Brien's gelding hit the crossbar at Navan and Wexford before letting favourite-backers down on the Flat at Clonmel, but plenty kept the faith and he accounted for Reflet Ambre by seven lengths as the 7/4 market leader.

Division 2 of the Maiden Hurdle went to Ballychorus (3/1), which broke through in a Killarney bumper last month and held Voluptueux last night by two and a half lengths.

Irish Independent

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