CRUISING KATIE, the only horse Richard Cotter from Ballynoe, Co Cork, has in training did him proud when taking the Greenmount Annual Members’ Novice Chase at Limerick yesterday.
She won her previous race – also on this track in May – when the leader, Trimbellina, fell at the final fence.
The daughter of Beneficial needed no such luck on this occasion, powering well clear in the closing stages for Patrick Mangan.
He eased her ahead coming away from the third last and Cruising Katie soon bounded away to beat Coscorrig by ten lengths.
“He (Mangan) gave her an absolutely cracking ride, she jumped out of his hands at every fence”, said Cotter.
“That’s her perfect trip and she will go to Galway now, probably for another novice chase.”
The Jim Nash-trained Rayhani landed a real touch in the Bet On-Course Maiden Hurdle, returned at 6-4, after as high as 5-1 was available in the morning. He toyed with the opposition, doing half-speed throughout for David Casey, and it was always only a matter of when the question was popped.
Casey allowed him cruise into the lead going to two out and a minor error at the last made no difference, with Rayhani crossing the line an unflattering five lengths to the good.
Said Nash: “The better ground brought a lot of improvement out of him and we will now look for a little winners’ race.”
Golden Grimshaw was disqualified from second, after Andrew McNamara failed to weigh in. McNamara was suspended for five days.
McNamara had better luck when driving Edward O’Grady’s Armaramak to success in the 22nd July Twilight Racing Beginners Chase.
The winner and Celtic Strand emerged as the principals in the straight, with Armaramak getting on top through the last fifty yards to score by three parts of a length.
Commented O’Grady: “The syndicate who own him are Galway-based so, hopefully, he will go for a winners’ race at Galway.”
Michael Hourigan’s Turf War was backed as if defeat was out of the question, 9-4 to evens. He was tracking the leaders when getting it wrong three out and then quickly folded.
O’Grady and McNamara struck again when Manhattan Boy battled on doggedly to beat the flattering Glacial Promise in the so-called Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase.
Thirteen were due to face the starter, but there no less than six defections, with excuses ranging from stone-bruise (very popular) to lame and the ground.
O’Grady reported: “I schooled him (Manhattan Boy) over ten fences this morning, he’s just not as good over fences as hurdles.
“Jumping has left him down in the past, but he’s done a lot of schooling and this morning put the finishing touches to him.”
The Fonze, who has been a terrific money-spinner for the Eoin Doyle yard, won his 14th race when putting up a game display in the Adare Festival Weekend Hurdle.
He was under pressure from Shay Barry a fair way out, but responded in style to outstay Final Day and Roseska.
The Fonze did edge to his right before and after the final flight and a stewards’ inquiry was inevitable.
Equally inevitable, however, was the decision that no alteration to the placings was necessary. Barry was severely cautioned regarding his future riding.
Melon Delta tried to make all, in the Patrickswell Vintage Rally Handicap Hurdle, and it was only in the dying strides that Seldom Fed was forced past by Alain Cawley.
Unlucky horse of the contest was Novel Investment. He was challenging strongly when completely losing his action on landing at the back of the second last.
Andrew Doyle kicked hard off the home turn on Har Will to beat the favourite, Jewel In The Sun, in the Bumper.
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