Sunday 17 December 2017

sixteen forty two proves number one for wachman

Michael Cleere produced Sixteen Forty Two with a perfectly timed run to claim the Paddy Farnan Memorial Handicap at Bellewstown yesterday.

Sent off the 7/2 favourite, Cleere delivered his challenge a furlong out in the mile heat and Sixteen Forty Two kept on well in the final few yards to hold the charge of Izagonawin by half a length.

Winning trainer David Wachman said: "The race really suited him and they went a good pace. He got a fantastic ride from Michael and we'll try our hand in a better handicap next."

Cloneylass (11/4) made the most of the drop back to the minimum trip to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden in tidy fashion for trainer Jessica Harrington.

"That was good, she has being crying out for five furlongs," she said. "We will probably head for a Listed race at Tipperary over five furlongs next."

Blue Law (9/2) landed a gamble as he triumphed in the first division of the Handicap, holding Thistimesforgood by three lengths.

"I've only two in training and both have won now," said trainer Marcus Callaghan. "This lad is a big coward, he doesn't like horses coming either side of him. He doesn't like to be crowded. He stayed the trip well and it probably helped that they went quick early on."

Polly Ella made an amazing recovery after a tardy start to come from last to first in the second division of the mile race.

The 7/2 favourite completely missed the break but jockey Keagan Latham did not panic and worked his way back into the race before kicking on a furlong out for a three-and-a-half-length victory.

"She got a fantastic ride from Keagan," said trainer Harry Rogers. "They got left and he sat and used his head as they went very fast early on. He's a very good pilot."

Wayne Lordan was handed a two-day ban for causing interference aboard winner Vamizi Island (11/10 favourite) in the Murphy Sand, Gravel & Decorative Stone Auction Maiden.

Although his mount impeded runner-up Gemara, the stewards allowed the result to stand.

Elsewhere, Sparkling Smile continued her fantastic run of form as she completed a four-timer in the Atteys Solicitors Handicap at Doncaster.

Following impressive displays at Beverley, Redcar and Salisbury, the Cape Cross filly was sent off the 11/10 favourite for this first try at a mile and a half and travelled sweetly throughout.

David Lanigan's filly looked like running away with the prize passing the two-furlong marker but the front-running Indochina refused to go down without a fight and after a titanic tussle, Sparkling Smile got the verdict by a nose.

And Fantino benefited from a typically well-judged ride by Paul Hanagan in the Rodger Gooseman And Lucy Walker Cardsave Handicap.

The title-chasing jockey sent the 3/1 chance straight to the head of affairs and the result was scarcely in doubt as the four-year-old kicked clear in the straight to score by seven lengths.

Irish Independent

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