Thursday 26 April 2018

Cashen springs Leger shock

There was a major upset in the final of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick on Saturday night when the Co Kerry dog Cashen Mafuma snatched victory in the final stride by a short head from Priceless Sky in 29.57.

Derby winner Skywalker Puma broke moderately, rode an early bump and was last to the bend. Market rival Priceless Sky led up from Cashen Mafuma and Head For Fame, but there was trouble on the corner and Skywalker nipped into third.

Priceless was ahead by up to four lengths at halfway from Cashen, with Skywalker a few lengths third. That's how it remained to the third bend, but the lead began to diminish from that point and, in a truly dramatic finish, Cashen took Classic glory and €25,000 for owners Chris Houlihan and Padraig Rowan in the final stride.

Skywalker was another two lengths away in third. A stewards' inquiry was called into the race but no action was taken.

Meanwhile, Ollie Bray's new sensation Paradise Madison produced another great show in winning his second-round heat of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne.

Following his historic 27.92 run of the first round, Paradise had to race through a covering of water in the early yards in Heat 4 but raced away for a nine-length winning margin over Leamaneigh Turbo in 27.96.

Tim O'Donovan's Melodys Gamble also looked special as he came from behind to win in 28.43, while Owen McKenna had a heat double with Farloe Buddy in 28.73 and Airforce Fear in 29.08. Other heat winners were Jacksallstar 28.74 and Leamaneigh Story 28.65.

Irish Independent

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