Thursday 23 November 2017

Power aid for classy mare Moskova as dr whizz flops

STOUT-hearted mare Moskova benefited from a well-timed ride from Robbie Power when proving too good for her male counterparts in yesterday's Dunshaughlin Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Sent off at 4/1, Paul Nolan's talented grey was settled at the rear as Footy Facts attempted to make all the running. The latter was still in front turning for home but Moskova joined him at the final flight and careered away on the run-in to score by nine lengths.

Nolan's brother and assistant James said: "The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle or the Coral Cup at Cheltenham are possibilities, but the Irish National or the Ashbourne Mares Chase here in April are more likely."

Dermot Weld's New Phase overcame a final-flight scare when running out a ready winner of the Corporate Hospitality At Fairyhouse Hurdle.

The 13/8 chance travelled well under top amateur Robbie McNamara and despite making a hash of the last when still on the bridle, he regained his composure to come home three lengths clear of Awkward Moment, with the Tony McCoy-ridden odds-on favourite Dr Whizz back in fifth.

Willie McCreery's Ionisphere (16/1) ended a lengthy winless spell for jockey Barry Cash in the opening maiden hurdle.

Drussell (7/1) made the most of his light weight to land the novice handicap hurdle, while Eoghan O'Grady's 6/4 chance The Book Thief justified support in the Maiden Hurdle.

Following this race, Paul Carberrry was stood down and will miss today's meeting at the Meath track after aggravating ligaments on his leg aboard Cottage Star which finished fourth.

The Pat Martin-trained Hold Em Cowboy was a neck too good for Dizzy Rascal in the Easter Festival Handicap Hurdle and the concluding bumper went to Michael Hourigan's well-supported Crash (11/4) to seal a double for the stylish McNamara.

Irish Independent

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