Tuesday 16 January 2018

Tony McCoy and Carlingford Lough swoop late to win Topaz Chase

Tony McCoy
Tony McCoy

Carlingford Lough seized the day in a blockbuster finish to the Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

The John Kiely-trained seven-year-old forged clear of Morning Assembly along the run-in to provide Tony McCoy with another Grade One success.

Bright New Dawn and My Murphy had made most of the running, but Morning Assembly, the 11-8 favourite, travelled better than that duo and took the lead at the last fence under Ruby Walsh.

Pat Fahy's Grade One-winning novice looked set fair for another top-level success, but McCoy's mount had been spotted making encouraging progress three out.

Carlingford Lough (5-1) emerged from the chasing pack after the last and threw down a sustained effort which yielded a narrow verdict at the line.

Carlingford Lough could head straight to the Cheltenham Festival for the RSA Chase, for which he was cut in the betting to around the 12-1 mark.

Kiely, whose charge won by a length and a half, said: "The ground was ideal, not too soft.

"He's best fresh, so if he goes to Cheltenham I doubt he'll run before that."

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