Wednesday 21 February 2018

Shantou flying at Galway

Shantou Flyer (near) wins at Galway
Shantou Flyer (near) wins at Galway

Shantou Flyer made it third time lucky over fences in the Guinness Dublin Porter Beginners Chase at Galway.

Colin Bowe's charge had an encouraging start to his career over fences when runner-up at Limerick in May, but let down favourite backers when pulling up at Down Royal next time.

Having bounced back with a decent effort to finish third over hurdles at Tipperary a week and a half ago, he was an 11-4 chance for the opener on day four of the Festival and was always moving well in the hands of Davy Russell.

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh, who won the opening race on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, teamed up once more with 2-1 favourite As De Ferbet, but although he put up a bold effort from the front, he could not shake off Shantou Flyer, who won the argument by two and a quarter lengths.

Bowe said: "His hurdles form was very good and he was only touched off in a Grade Two.

"I was worried that he might be a bit novicey, but Davy was very good on him and today was the plan. We'll look for a winners' race next.

"He has run some big races but that's only his second win."

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