Quartetto rallies for Darcy
The two-mile beginners chase proved a dramatic affair as Quartetto found a second wind to deny favourite Darby's Turn in a thriller at Clonmel yesterday.
Andrew Lynch seemed to be faring the better on Darby's Turn from some way out as the pair had the race between them, and at the second-last it looked all over.
But Darby's Turn emptied dramatically after the final fence and Quartetto -- backed from 11/4 into 9/4 -- rallied for Michael Darcy to snatch the spoils by three-quarters of a length.
Winning trainer Mervyn Torrens had seen his 2/1 favourite Macidoni fall at the last hurdle with a circuit to go in the previous race, and was relieved the journey from Tyrone was not a wasted one.
There were doubles on the day for jockey Martin Ferris and trainer Christy Roche. Ferris won the opening maiden hurdle aboard The Burrow Vic for Davy Fitzgerald before completing his 31/1 brace aboard Final Question in the Slievenamon Beginners Chase.
Roche struck with 6/4 favourite The Equaliser -- under Alan Crowe -- in the Lisronagh Maiden Hurdle while Ian McCarthy scored with Tooman Lane in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase.