Sunday 21 January 2018

Prince produces Power-packed finish

Phantom Prince on his way to victory at Ballinrobe
Phantom Prince on his way to victory at Ballinrobe

Jessie Harrington has steadily brought Phantom Prince back to peak form and he picked up a decent prize for landing the McHale Coranna Handicap Hurdle at Ballinrobe.

Backing up a solid Punchestown Festival effort with a good second at Limerick, the 6-1 chance responded to all of Robbie Power's urgings to go one better, seeing off the slightly unlucky Marchese Marconi by a length, with Argentino third.

Power said: "He made a big improvement on the better ground at Limerick and the cheekpieces just sharpened him up today.

"I just felt in Limerick I missed the cheekpieces and they have done the trick. He is definitely a better horse on better ground."

Power and Harrington doubled up when Rock The World made an impressive fencing debut in the McHale Fusion 3 Plus Beginners Chase.

The 13-8 favourite jumped like an old hand at the head of affairs and wasn't hard pressed to beat Abbey Lane by 18 lengths.

Definite Earl was the outsider of the small field that lined up for the McHale Fusion 3 Novice Hurdle, but Robbie Colgan was positive on him from the outset.

He looked in trouble when favourite Ibsen loomed up on the home turn, but Definite Earl found plenty of pressure and pulled away again to score by a length and three-quarters as a 13-2 chance.

Royal Boru was another enterprisingly-ridden winner, this time in the McHale F5500 Baler Handicap Hurdle.

Gillian Callaghan's charge showed no ill effects from a Perth fall by jumping with aplomb in front, and Keith Donoghue kept enough up his sleeve to justify 9-4 favouritism.

The Gatechecker (evens favourite) was a costly failure on his jumping debut, but he improved on that to place second at Killarney and he kept his forward momentum by pipping Too Many Notes in a head-bobbing finish to the McHale Fusion Vario Maiden Hurdle.

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