Sunday 18 February 2018

Rogue too hot in Blazers

Rogue Angel jumps the last just in front in the Galway Blazers
Rogue Angel jumps the last just in front in the Galway Blazers

Rogue Angel (16-1) produced a gritty performance from the front to come out on top in the Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase at Ballybrit.

The Mouse Morris-trained seven-year-old arrived on a losing run that stretched back to his only previous success over fences, which came at Punchestown on New Year's Eve 2013.

David Mullins got a great tune out of him here, though, and he found more than the challenging pair of Perfect Promise and Urano after the last to beat the former by a couple of lengths.

Morris, who suffered bad luck in Wednesday's Plate after Rule The World hit the deck when bang in contention, said: "There's nothing like winning a Plate but it wasn't to be so we'll take this one.

"I'll have to talk to the owners now and see what they want to do."

Of Rule The World, Morris added: "He was probably just going too easy. Thankfully he's grand, there's one of those staying races in him, probably the Kerry National will be next, we'll see."

Mullins said: "Everything really went to plan. I was able to save him everywhere and you save a lot of ground going around the inside here.

"To be fair, I rode him in Roscommon and it was all just happening a bit quick. The ease in the ground and everything going to plan today really helped him.

"He won the last day of the year in 2013 in Punchestown so we had no real doubts about his stamina, and his jumping was A1 so we said we'd ride him handy and that hopefully he'd stay going and he did.

"I didn't really see much after the second or third fence. I was just happy with everything, the way it was going.

"We knew he'd be on his head for the first two or three fences. I didn't get to make it over the first and the second but he really did enjoy it when he got to the front and everything just went to plan after that."

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