Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 12 December 2019

Tannery leaves Wachman stablemate in the shade

Thomas Kelly

Chrysanthemum's quest for a hat-trick was derailed by stablemate Tannery in the feature race of the day at Gowran Park yesterday.

The former was sent off the 8/13 favourite for the Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes, but could finish only third for the David Wachman team.

Wachman's second string fared considerably better, however, as Tannery (12/1) stayed on well for Niall McCullagh to defeat Soon by a length and a half.

"I'd say the three-year-old weight allowance was a big help," Wachman said. "It looked like they went a good gallop. Her form isn't great but she always showed a bit at home. There are loads of fillies' stakes races for her now and she could stay up to a mile and a half. Hopefully she will keep improving."

Wachman later doubled up when another one of his 'second string' took the one-mile handicap for three-year-olds.

Wachman's better fancied runner Queenscliff was bumped two furlongs from home and that certainly didn't help the well-backed 5/4 favourite's chances as she eventually came home in 10th behind stablemate Oh Happy Days.


The winner, a daughter of Galileo, was having her fifth career start and her first of the season, and she showed marked improvement to land the spoils under Billy Lee.

Summer Knight attempted to make all but had to settle for second as Andy Oliver's charge couldn't hold Oh Happy Days inside the final furlong as she stayed on best to score at 14/1 by half a length.

"We will run her in another similar handicap now," said Wachman. "There wasn't much between four or five of them there. My horses are running well at the moment."

There was an impressive winner of the fillies' maiden as Dermot Weld's Caponata (5/1) eased five and a half lengths clear of runner-up Something Graceful.

Tommy Stack's Great Huzzar battled gamely to win the Breeze Up at Gowran Park May 24 Handicap under Wayne Lordan. The 7/1 shot travelled well entering straight and stayed on well to hold off the challenge of 11/4 favourite Gunner Lindley.

On his first start over hurdles since August of 2010, Jim Culloty's Cry for the Moon took the Goresbridge Handicap Hurdle.

Held up by Tom Doyle, the 9/2 joint-favourite jumped to the front at the final flight before staying on to score comfortably by a length and a half from Whitehead Lad.

There was a shock in the opening maiden hurdle as odds-on shot The Westener Boy was outgunned by Daniel Miley's 11/4 second favourite Forty Foot Tom in the hands of Adrian Heskin.

The closing bumper, run over two and a half miles, went the way of the locally-trained Melanjo (20/1) for James Morrissey with Declan Lavery aboard.

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