Sunday 18 February 2018

Punters' joy as Caim Hill storms home at Kilbeggan

Martin Kelly

Caim Hill, which was backed in from 10/1 to 11/2, landed the feature Gigginstown House Midlands National Handicap Chase at Kilbeggan under Brian O'Connell last evening.

Pace-setters Liberty Counsel and Prince Of Milan were running on empty from the second last and Caim Hill took over on the approach to the straight.

At the finish, the nine-year-old son of Deploy had six and a half lengths to spare over the smooth-travelling Osana with the two big-name reserves that got in, Supreme Doc and Victrix Gale having to settle for third and fourth.

Winning trainer Philip Fenton said: "He took a heavy fall a while back and completely lost his way. We reverted to the flat and we were schooling him in-between."


Garrett Power produced Excellent As Usual in good shape after a 337-day break to land the Ladies Day Handicap Hurdle under Paul Townend.

Perhaps with Townend booked, the hint should have been taken and the victorious nine-year-old Cape Cross gelding certainly had his supporters (16/1 to 12/1).

Always on the gallop, Excellent As Usual led from five out and he kept going well from the third last to see off Parthian Empire by three and a quarter lengths.

Music On D Waters shed her maiden tag on racecourse outing number 21 when toughing it out under Conor Maxwell in the Tom McCormack Memorial Cup Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Having her fifth run for Dermot McLoughlin, she held the all-important inner berth in the closing stages to fend off Some Fiddle and Minella Lady.

• Diaminda, owned by John O'Shea and Paul Scholes, stormed to victory in the Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Ascot yesterday.

Irish Independent

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