Sport Horse Racing

Friday 13 December 2019

Wisdom rounds off another fine day at office for King of Ballybrit

Weld's other two firsts came courtesy of the Pat Smullen-ridden pair Maunsells Duke and Font Of Wisdom. The latter, his seventh of the meeting, never had a moment's worry when striding to an effortless five-length win in the concluding maiden.

Visiting English presenter Matt Chapman was a guest commentator for this race, and called it in typically colourful fashion as he cried "rush to the bookies" as Smullen's mount went clear in the straight to beat Jolie Jioconde. There was a sizeable gap of 18 lengths back to Dame Shanakill in third.

"He did it nicely and I thought he'd be hard to beat, especially when the bit of rain came," Weld remarked.

Maunsells Duke (11/2) won by a tidy three lengths, though he only got in as first reserve on the day and had to overcome the widest draw from stall 17.

In the amateur riders' maiden, Denis Cullen's Catch The Moment belied her 25/1 SP to make light work of the opposition on her first Flat start. The seven-year-old made all and Cullen subsequently suggested that she might also now be Listowel-bound.

Earlier, the two handicap hurdles will have made for difficult viewing for the handicapper. In the three-miler, a race marred by a fatal injury to Bingo Lady at the fifth-last flight, Paul Nolan's Gala Dancer routed the field by 10 lengths.

Ridden by seven-pound claimer Michael Doran, the 12/1 shot is a brother to Nolan's 2004 Galway Hurdle hero Cloone River.

The two-and-a-half-mile version went to Ted Walsh's Royal Reveille. An easy winner of a Roscommon maiden last time, Royal Reveille was equally decisive here under Mark Walsh, scorching to a seven-length victory to justify 7/1 joint-favouritism.

The attendance was marginally down for a third day in a row at 19,253, while bookies' figures again made for sober reading. The 2011 turnover of €1,956,138 represented a 21pc drop on last year.

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