Saturday 25 January 2020

Wisty delivers for Stanners as Special Tiara loses lustre

Trainer Edward Stanners sent out Curvacious at Cork and saw it win the Handicap Hurdle. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Trainer Edward Stanners sent out Curvacious at Cork and saw it win the Handicap Hurdle. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Special Tiara, Henry de Bromhead's Grade One-winning chaser, suffered defeat over timber in the Cork Handicap Hurdle yesterday.

Rated 39lb lower over the smaller obstacles, Special Tiara was sent off the 4/6 favourite, but a scrappy leap at the third-last and a similarly slow jump at the next left him with no chance.

Wisty had always been to the fore under Shane Crimin and the Edward Stanners-trained 25/1 chance kept up the gallop well, beating Portrade by four and a half lengths, while Special Tiara trailed in fifth.

"I'm not surprised. If you go back to his run in Thurles last year he was a four-year-old carrying top weight and he just got swallowed up jumping the second last," Stanners said.

De Bromhead had earlier celebrated a winner when Equity Swap got off the mark over timber with an authoritative display in the Follow Us On Twitter Maiden Hurdle. The even-money favourite took up the running at the end of the back straight under Brian Hayes and, though Captain Carleton chased him home, Equity Swap had plenty in reserve and won by two and a half lengths.

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De Bromhead said: "I'm delighted, and Brian gave him a great ride. He's not an easy horse and he doesn't jump great. He has a fair engine and I might give him a spin back on the Flat at some stage.

"I might regret this, but he might be better over fences in time. There's a novice hurdle for him in Tramore for horses rated 116 or less and he'll go there if qualified.

"Brian is with me one day a week. I've always wanted to give him some rides and I'm delighted I have. He works hard and reminds me of Andrew (Lynch)."

Lucida impressed with a winning debut for Jim Bolger and Godolphin in the Frank Kenny Race at Naas.

The Shamardal filly looked to be facing a stiff task on her racecourse bow against market leaders Cape Clear Island and Dandyleekie, but travelled well in the hands of Kevin Manning as the Ger Lyons-trained Dandyleekie took the field along.

Edging to the front over a furlong out, the 8/1 chance kept on well to hold fellow newcomer Compass Hill by a length and three-quarters.

Bolger and Manning added to their tally as Parish Boy (9/4) progressed from his Leopardstown fifth first time out to take the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden. The son of New Approach stayed on strongly from two out to win a shade cosily from Ballydoyle's Order Of St George.

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