Thursday 23 May 2019

'This is what you get up for every day, to have days like this' - Martin

Martin: Delighted with Anibale Fly. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile
Martin: Delighted with Anibale Fly. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile newsdesk

Anibale Fly carried a big weight to victory to provide JP McManus with another win in the Paddy Power Chase.

Tony Martin's seven-year-old was a class act as a novice last season, chasing home Coney Island in the Drinmore in December.

He had apparently lost his way since but had been running over trips short of his optimum and back up to three miles he defied a mark of 148 under Donagh Meyler.

As ever, there were plenty in with chances at the second last as Vieux Morvan led them a merry dance.

When he began to weaken Anibale Fly (14/1) hit the front and was not to be denied. The Gordon Elliott army chased him home with Ucello Conti second, 4/1 favourite Squouateur third and Potters Point fourth.

"His form last year behind Disko and the like was very good," Meyler said. "I know he had a lot of weight but class will out."

Martin added: "He wants a proper trip. He's an old-fashioned staying horse and he jumped and galloped. This is what you get up every day for, to have days like this. It doesn't happen too often but when it does it's great. He's always been a very good horse but just luck didn't go his way.

"He was favourite for the Feltham last year, the race Might Bite ran in. I don't know what happened then, whether it was ground or trip or whatever. He won well for a competitive handicap. He's after going through the (handicap) roof there now and could be anything."

Meanwhile, Elliott's Tycoon Prince won what could turn out to be a hot little beginners' chase.

Mullins ran Montalbano, which fell at halfway, and the favourite Bunk Off Early, but Paul Townend never appeared happy on the latter.

Le Martalin set a strong gallop but Davy Russell, as is his wont, decided to bide his time on Tycoon Prince and on the long run-in with the last omitted kept the 3/1 shot up to his work to beat Bunk Off Early by six-and-a-half lengths.

Elliott said: "It's nice to get a winner here. We were having them everywhere else but if you don't get them here you get forgotten about!"

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