Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing Italy proved far too good for Steps To Freedom in the Irish Examiner Beginners Chase at Killarney least night.
Partnered with typical confidence by Andrew Lynch, the winner was always racing near the front. Lynch made his move before two out, easing Sizing Italy into the lead and he ran on strongly to easily hold Steps to Freedom.
Said de Bromhead: “I’m delighted, his jumping was deadly. Andrew gave him a super ride.
“I thought the favourite was a certainty, that’s why I don’t bet! He might now run at Galway in a novice chase on the Thursday, he’s entitled to after that.”
Aidan O’Brien’s previously once-raced Galileo colt, Royal Irish Hussar, took the modest Sika Signs Maiden by 11 lengths, after being put in at astonishing odds in the morning.
Depending on where you looked, there was 9-1, 8-1 and 7-1 available and he was hammered through the day, ending up the 5-4 favourite.
Joseph O’Brien popped him away in front and Royal Irish Hussar simply strolled clear in the straight, leaving the odds compilers surely questioning themselves as to whether they are in the right job or not?
Commented Joseph: “He kept going and won an ordinary race well.”
Joseph completed a double when driving the John Murphy-trained Capitol Hill to a hard earned success over stable companion, High Hill Beauty, in the John Buckley Auctioneers’ Handicap.
The pair had it between them from a fair way out, with Capitol Hill getting on top close home to score by a head. Galway is likely to be the next port of call for the Papal Bull gelding.
Pat Smullen rode a powerful finish on Khothry to grab the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Handicap.
The hat-trick seeking Neophilia kicked away over two furlongs down, but Khothry gradually closed her down and led in the very last stride.
Said Smullen: “I thought she would struggle off her handicap rating, the blinkers were a big help.”
The Noel Meade-trained Pat Garrett, off the track for a year, was the business in the market for the Ladbrokes’ Handicap Chase, going off favourite.
He moved through the contest in style and looked sure to land the wagers heading to the second last.
He was a couple of lengths to the good rising to the obstacle, but made little effort to get to the other side and crashed out. The always-prominent Chrisdonlady was left in front and found enough for Eddie O’Connell driving to hold Oscar Leney.
The second section of the same contest went to Robert Tyner’s Ballylibert, carrying the Newmill colours of Mary T Hayes.
Beautifully handled by Philip Enright, the winner landed in front three out and was always holding Blaze Of Fire in the closing stages.
Said Tyner: “He will probably go to Roscommon next month for a handicap chase and will also go back over hurdles.”
Your Busy was given a terrific drive by David Casey to land the Ashes’ Bar Glenbeigh Handicap Hurdle.
The combination bounced away in front and Casey was in no mood to accept defeat, as he drove Jim Nash’s charge for all he was worth up the straight to hold Dingaling.
“I was very happy with his comeback run at Bellewstown and he is now getting his ground for the first time in two seasons”, reported Nash.
Ronan O’Gara used to own Your Busy, but decided, as he was going to work in France, to cut his ties with horse ownership, at least for the moment.
Peter Fahey’s Sunday Serenade went off a strong favourite for the Bumper, but needed all of Jane Mangan’s considerable skills to justify the confidence. The daughter of Flemensfirth is not the easiest to settle, so Mangan allowed her stride on early in the straight and kept just enough in reserve to resist Alton Bay, a promising newcomer, also trained by Fahey. “She’s a very good mare, she kept finding”, said Mangan.
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