Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 25 February 2018

Prince's Killarney win crowns JP's superb sporting weekend

JP McManus
JP McManus

Press Association

FRESH from his beloved Limerick hurlers' success in the Munster final, JP McManus was celebrating again at Killarney, where his colours were carried to victory in the featured handicap chase.

The well-known Limerick GAA sponsor's Prince Of Fire sprinted clear after jumping to the front at the last to land the opening day's showpiece.

The Charlie Swan-trained eight-year-old (6/1) challenged the front-running Go All The Way at the second last alongside favourite Absolutlyfantastic, which had travelled well for most of the journey.

However, the market leader was comprehensively outpaced by Prince Of Fire on the run-in as David Casey pushed his mount over eight lengths clear.

Earlier, on the Flat, Maundy Money continued his recent resurgence when following up last week's Roscommon victory off a 9lb higher mark.

Sent off 9/2 co-favourite of four in the O'Keeffe's Marquee Hire Rathmore Handicap, David Marnane's experienced 10-year-old once again travelled sweetly for Connor King and was still cruising on the bridle two furlongs from the finish. He now looks set for a sixth appearance at the Galway Festival.

Abu Nayef relished the step up in distance when opening his account in the Killarney Avenue/Munster Joinery Handicap.

A very well-backed 2/1 chance under Declan McDonogh, John Oxx's representative flew home from the back of the five-runner field to nail frontrunner Lady Giselle by three-parts of a length.

It was the three-year-old's first try over the 13-furlong trip and it certainly worked the oracle.

Greeneyed Monster, ridden by Chris Hayes, got up close home to win the Irish Stallion Farms' EBF Median Auction Race.

Kevin Prendergast's 20/1 winner showed some potential when fourth on debut at Bellewstown and built on that effort with a short-head defeat of Bluebell, which had helped force the early pace.

Denis Hogan's Shalaman (7/2 favourite) won the apprentice handicap after being awarded the race in the stewards' room, after it was deemed Positive Vibes caused interference to Shalaman.

Meanwhile, Tony McCoy enjoyed another good day as the 18-times champion jockey completed a 24/1 treble at Newton Abbot.

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