Monday 20 November 2017

Tony McCoy and Carlingford Lough too good in Growise Champion Novice Chase

Ballycasey, left, with Paul Townend up, jumps the last ahead of eventual winner Carlingford Lough, with Tony McCoy up, during the Growise Champion Novice Steeplechase
Ballycasey, left, with Paul Townend up, jumps the last ahead of eventual winner Carlingford Lough, with Tony McCoy up, during the Growise Champion Novice Steeplechase

Tony McCoy hit the Grade One target with a fine ride on Carlingford Lough in the Growise Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown

Morning Assembly (7-4 favourite) and Don Cossack cut out much of the running, with the former taking a half-length advantage three from home.

Walsh arrived on the scene two out with Ballycasey seemingly full of running, but McCoy switched the John Kiely-trained Carlingford Lough to the inner and joined issue at the last, where Morning Assembly's chance was ended by a bad mistake.

McCoy's JP McManus-owned mount got away from it the better and with his rider in full flight, Carlingford Lough, winner of last year's Galway Plate and successful at the top level at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting, stayed on strongly for a four-and-a-quarter-length triumph.

Kiely said: "He is a very easy horse to train, once we discovered how to do it. He needs a little break after his races and he came good.

"The ground was perfect for him today, and we will see how he does next year. Next year will tell us a lot and he will be going for those conditions races.

"He deserves a summer break now."

Forgotten Rules put up an astonishing performance to take the Finlay Motor Group INH Flat Race for Dermot Weld.

Ridden by Robbie McNamara, the four-year-old debutant travelled with immense ease in the Moyglare Stud colours and cruised to the head of affairs rounding the turn for home.

McNamara could afford the luxury of a look round at the furlong pole and sauntered clear from there as the even-money favourite accounted for the well-touted Alamein by 13 lengths.

Weld, who sent out Silver Concorde to win the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, said: "He's a very nice horse, but a baby.

"It's one day at a time, but he's a stayer with speed and that's what I enjoy training.

"Hopefully there's lots to look forward to with him."

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