Sunday 18 February 2018

Thurles glory proves a step too far for Footy Facts

Je Ne Sais Plus (Paddy Brennan) jumps the last on the way to victory at Chepstow. Photo: PA
Je Ne Sais Plus (Paddy Brennan) jumps the last on the way to victory at Chepstow. Photo: PA

Thomas Kelly

Making a successful return four days after his Cork success proved beyond Footy Facts, which suffered a shock reversal in the Killinan Hurdle at Thurles yesterday.

All appeared to be going to plan for Philip Enright's 8/13 favourite when he headed long-time leader Go Sandy Go (13/2) at the third-last flight, but the weekend exertions began to take their toll and his rival -- receiving 26lbs -- rallied for a six-length triumph.

Willie Mullins' former smart novice Black Harry was coming back from over three years on the sidelines, but couldn't land a blow and plugged on at his own pace for fourth.


Favourite-backers had a better time of it in the following Urlingford Maiden Hurdle when Lascalahall, under Mark Walsh, eased to a seven-length win from Code Of The West.

Limerick trainer Michael Hourigan was on the mark, saddling Cloughmile to win the Devil's Bit Maiden Hurdle under Sean McDermott.

The Clonoulty Handicap Hurdle, which turned into a real slog, went the way of Cochise, trained by Shane Broderick. Although sent off at 10/1, the mount of Johnny Levins wasn't without support and came with his challenge between the last two to fend off Bold Present by two lengths

Keats Dream, trained by John Joe Walsh, was the well-backed winner (5/2 into 7/4fav) of the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle under Eddie Power, with Olifan D'Oudairies taking the runner-up spot.

At Dundalk this evening, Estephe looks the one to beat in the featured Crowne Plaza Championship Race over a mile and a half.

The filly -- representing the in-form Tommy Stack yard -- is open to improvement with just the six runs under her belt.

Andrew Oliver has given Miss Velocity an ideal opportunity to finally get off the mark in the Median Auction Maiden for three-year-olds.

The daughter of Avonbridge showed promise in her juvenile campaign, filling the runner-up spot on her last three starts -- all at this venue -- and is expected to have strengthened up over the winter.

The Kevin Prendergast-trained Zayaan holds an entry in the Irish 2000 Guineas and should be monitored in the market.

Irish Independent

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