Friday 23 February 2018

Silverhand seals jumps hat-trick

Silverhand landed the odds in the Cat Busters Hurdle at Thurles yesterday to complete a hat-trick over jumps.

The Noel Meade-trained grey took full advantage of the late defection of stablemate Aitmatov to win without having too hard a race.

Paul Carberry was content to sit in behind as first Elysian Rock and then Killyglen made it a true-run contest.

Jumping into the lead at the final flight, the 1/3 shot held the persistent Killyglen by a length and a quarter.

Sizing Australia booked his ticket to Cheltenham next month when finally opening his account in the Liams Legends Beginners Chase.

Henry de Bromhead's charge had finished second in the event the two previous years, but made no mistake this time.

Leading at the sixth-last, the 7/4 joint-favourite plugged on well for Andrew Lynch to beat his market rival Your Busy by three-quarters of a length.

"This was a nice prep race and he'll go for the cross-country race at Cheltenham in November now," said De Bromhead.

Erritt Lake (4/1) gave Paddy Flood his first winner since returning from injury when outpointing Loup Du Saubouas by three lengths in the Welcome Home Liam McCarthy Beginners Chase.

Eoin Doyle's For A Finish (9/1) earned a short break after defying top weight in the Cross Of Cashel Cup Winners 2010 Handicap Chase under Alain Cawley.

Irish Independent

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