Sunday 21 January 2018

Torcedor just 'Vintage' as red-hot Harrington lands Navan double

Jessica Harrington celebrating with Jockey Robbie Power after winning the Boylesports Irish Grand National Steeplechase at Fairyhouse. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Jessica Harrington celebrating with Jockey Robbie Power after winning the Boylesports Irish Grand National Steeplechase at Fairyhouse. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

The Jessica Harrington winners' bandwagon keeps rolling along, and it left Navan last night with a 44/1 double - spearheaded by the success of Torcedor in the featured Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes.

This was a perfect end to a week that started with the victory of Our Duke in Monday's Grand National at Fairyhouse, and the positive vibes seem to be everywhere in the yard as jockey Colm O'Donoghue sent Torcedor (4/1) to the front from the start of the Group Three contest.

Aidan O'Brien's 4/5 favourite Order Of St George, having his first start for 190 days, was held up in the early stages and while he stayed on for Seamie Heffernan, the five-year-old could not get to grips with the leader.

Harrington's charge was never really threatened and kept up the gallop to prevail by a length and a half from the market leader.

"I put my neck on the line and supplemented him for this. I thought if we could get third it would be great," said Harrington.

"What I'm really pleased about is that the ground is very different from Leopardstown and I wasn't sure if it was just the slow ground there that helped him. He's grown in confidence.

"I'll have a conference with the owners to see where we go, but I'd say we'll probably like to go to Ascot with him. I don't think he'll be going jumping for a while - that's why he was sent to me - but I think that's gone out the window."

Khukri (8/1) had earlier claimed Listed honours for Harrington and O'Donoghue with a three-parts-of-a-length success from Gorane in the Coolmore Power Stakes.

O'Donoghue's mount kept on well after hitting the front to score from Gorane which stuck to her task in game fashion after behind headed.

Harrington, who can look forward to Sizing John's reappearance in the Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday, said: "I kind of didn't expect that. He had three runs last year and we put him away after he won. He's a sprinter and I haven't really trained sprinters before.

Elsewhere, Vociferous Marina (20/1) initiated a 104/1 double for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning as the filly came from last to first to capture the Listed Salsabil Stakes in thrilling fashion.

Bolger's charge looked anything but a winner at the back of the field as Pocketfullofdreams took it up from fellow O'Brien representative Key To My Heart three furlongs out and pulled clear. It was just inside the two-furlong marker that Vociferous Marina started to motor down the outside and Manning's mount pounced in the dying strides to win by a length and a half

The Coolcullen team doubled up in the closing 13-furlong handicap with 4/1 favourite Pirolo, while Johnny Murtagh unleashed a promising newcomer in Too Familiar (20/1) in the opening juvenile maiden.

Irish Independent

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