Wednesday 13 December 2017

Zane Grey books ticket to Tramore after facile victory

Thomas Kelly

ZANE GREY has an imminent engagement at Tramore following his bloodless success at Wexford.

The six-year-old grey brushed aside the long-time leader Chinook Run to record a nine-length victory in the Maiden Hurdle.

An in-form Henry de Bromhead said of the 12/1 shot: "Out of desperation we decided to run him on the good ground and surprisingly, being by Flemensfirth, he handled it so well. If he handles here, he'll handle Tramore."

Earlier, Obispo made every yard of the running to land a gamble in the Maiden Hurdle over two miles. Colin McBratney's charge was backed into 3/1 and showed plenty of spirit under Ben Dalton to repel 11/8 favourite Mutiska by two lengths.

Good Decision was also deeply impressive in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle. Christy Roche's inmate (5/1) hacked up by 14 lengths from Key Account in pretty one-sided encounter.

The Galway Festival could now be on the agenda for the JP McManus-owned nine-year-old.

Dabidayan went one step closer to fulfilling his connections' Group One ambitions when completing a hat-trick at Down Royal.

Mick Halford's runner, which is entered in the St Leger in both Britian and Ireland, couldn't quite shrug off his nearest pursuers after sweeping into the lead on the home turn but the 4/6 favourite kept on well to record a three-quarters of a length success.

Strandfield Lady showed tremendous battling qualities to get the better of Keeping in the Fillies Handicap under 16-year-old Connor King.

David Wachman and jockey Wayne Lordan secured a quick double, culminating with Harpist's gutsy effort in the Magners Berry Maiden. Sent to the front early by Lordan, the 4/7 favourite kept finding plenty for pressure and held all her rivals at bay.

The double started when Lordan timed it just right on Ava Star as they got up late to land the Magners Irish Cider EBF Auction Maiden.

Harlem Shake appeared to have seen off all rivals from the front, but Lordan eased the 12/1 winner between horses and ran on to win by half a length.

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