Saturday 17 March 2018

Princeton's success leaves Harty with Hurdle poser

Eddie Harty was singing from a similar hymn-sheet after Princeton Plains came with a late rally under Niall Madden to collar the favourite London Bridge after the last in the novice hurdle.

JP McManus's five-year-old is engaged in tomorrow's Galway Hurdle and Harty revealed that he could be considered for that, although he wouldn't be guaranteed to get into the €260,000 showpiece.

"We'll see how he is tomorrow," Harty said of the 7/2 shot. "They were only racing from the bottom of the hill to the finishing line there.

"Although he had a tough race to get there, he won well in the end."

The only other jumps race on the card, the Latin Quarter Chase, went the way of Sarteano. As last season's champion claiming rider Bryan Cooper joined issue on the Dessie Hughes-trained charge at the final fence, favourite Truckers Delight made an untimely mistake when he looked poised to challenge for the lead.


That left Sarteano (9/2) to fight it out with long-time leader Willies Girl, which eventually gave best by two lengths.

Aidan O'Brien recorded his first victory of the week when the juvenile Soon just got up by a head under Seamie Heffernan in the EBF Maiden, and that was followed by another thrilling finish in the seven-furlong handicap.

Johnny Murtagh, riding for Eddie Lynam, came out on top in that, galvanising the recent Dundalk winner Iron Major to justify 7/1 joint-favouritism.

Footprint looked poised to oblige inside the final furlong, having led from the start. However, by the time the post came, he could only manage fourth, with Still Point and Ted Dolly taking second and third behind the half-length winner.

The attendance on day two, which was blessed with glorious sunshine, was 17,510, down a few hundred on last year's figure.

Irish Independent

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