Saturday 14 December 2019

Rebel Fitz capitalises on Ballycasey's fall to win the Power's Gold Cup at Fairyhouse

Rebel Fitz was a popular winner of the Grade One Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on Sunday for trainer Mick Winters and jockey Barry Geraghty.

Only four went to post with two from the Willie Mullins yard but his second string Mozoltov fell at halfway.

Mullins' Ballycasey was still in front at the second last with Geraghty quite hard at work on Rebel Fitz but the favourite took a crashing fall.

That left Rebel Fitz to power home 15 lengths clear of the Dessie Hughes-trained Bright New Dawn.

Winters said: "He came off the bridle like he did at Mallow (Cork) the last time and he had to stretch at a few fences down the back.

"My horses have not been flying for the last six months and I'd say there's more to come from him.

"We'll give him a couple of weeks off now. We may go for the Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary and the Galway Plate could be a possibility."

Mullins did have a winner on the day, however, when the former John Gosden-trained Daneking continued his progression in the Boylesports Easter Festival Handicap Hurdle.

Zurigha could again be on her travels after she overwhelmed her rivals in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes at Kempton on Saturday.

Weekend racing in England was distinctly sedate as punters gear up for the forthcoming Classics at Newmarket, but trainer Richard Hannon and on-song jockey Ryan Moore still had plenty to shout about.

Fourth in the French 1000 Guineas last season, Zurigha (10-11 favourite) was wisely guided to victory by Moore, who recorded a significant treble on the card.

Hannon's inmate was never too far off the speed as Senafe took the field along at an initial lackadaisical gallop, but Moore went for the jugular just before the one-furlong pole.

Ribbons was moored towards the rear of the hunting pack for most of the one-mile journey and came with a surging late dash to take second spot, beaten a length and a quarter.

Hannon said: "That's her second Listed win and I think she'll win a Group race, although we might have to go abroad to get that."

Hannon then sent out his first winner for the Queen when Sea Shanty landed the Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap.

The first-season Wiltshire handler has Royal Ascot on the horizon for the 5-1 scorer after Moore's partner flashed three-quarters of a length clear of Tigers Tale.

Hannon said: "All roads now lead to the Hunt Cup and I'm happy to give him time to get over this."

Moore brought up the treble when Queen Of Ice proved too strong for Midnite Angel in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Fillies' Conditions Stakes.

Streams Of Whiskey came up trumps after a grandstand finish to the totescoop6 The Millionaire Maker Handicap Chase at Haydock.

Hollow Blue Sky had looked the likely winner after a crisp leap at the last, but the landscape of the race altered dramatically inside the final 200 yards.

Forest Walker was firstly bustled into the lead for the Dan Skelton operation, but he was outmuscled by half a length by Streams Of Whiskey, trained in Cumbria by the in-form Nicky Richards.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained duo of Hollow Blue Sky and Frontier Spirit finished third and fourth respectively.

Richards said: "He had run well in a couple of good races against decent horses so he's been a bit unlucky.

"That's it for the season now."

Blenheim Brook (13-2) made a victorious late surge for glory in an extraordinary renewal of the Follow totescoop6 At totepoolliveinfo.com Tim Molony Handicap Chase.

It had looked a straight shootout between Fentara and eventual runner-up Woodford County, but both horses had nothing left to give after the last fence.

Blenheim Brook, conversely, suddenly found another gear when it mattered and charged home under Peter Buchanan to get up by a neck.

It was an especially sweet moment for trainer Lucinda Russell, who had earlier broken the Scottish record for winners in a season at Carlisle.

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