Windsor Boy justifies hefty market support

EDWARD O’GRADY and Norman Williamson continued their tremendous run when Windsor Boy justified hefty market support with a smooth success in the Comeragh Maiden Hurdle at Clonmel yesterday.

The Mtoto gelding was a smart three-year-old when trained in England by Paul Cole, taking second behind Millenary in the Chester Vase and finishing runner-up in the Italian Derby. He very much lost his way as a four-year-old, however, but O’Grady has nursed him back to be a decent sort in the making.

Windsor Boy was backed from 11-8 to 9-10 and never gave his supporters a moments concern. Williamson allowed him lead coming away from the fourth last and this sweet-jumper made his only semblance of an error two out.

It made no difference, as he stretched away to beat the running on Mayoun by an unflattering three lengths. Said O’Gready: "He did it nicely, we will try and find a winners’ of one somewhere. It’s taken a while to get him right, but he’s now found himself.

"We will keep going with him. I’m not sure about fast ground, but he’s not a winter horse either!”

Willie Mullins’ Nobody Told Me was a mild drifer in the market for the Clonmel Mares Novice Hurdle, but did her job nicely under a confident drive from Sam Curling. Travelling sweetly throughout, Nobody Told Me edged on after the penultimate flight and wasn’t hard pressed to beat Stashedaway a length.

Commented Mullins: "She did that well and it looks as if she might win another one. The aim now is Fairyhouse.”

Jimmy Mangan and Barry Geraghty, set to team up with Monty’s Pass in the Aintree Grand National, combined to take the Kilsheelan Handicap Hurdle with Alpha Eight. Owned by the Cork city based Anchor Inn Syndicate, Alpha Eight went to the front between the final two flights to beat Knockatotaun cosily.

"Paul (Carberry) said he would have won at Limerick on Monday, but for missing out the second last”, reported Mangan.

"That’s why I ran him back so quickly.”

Carbery, who was due to be aboard again, is currently on the easy-list, having been head-butted by a deer when hunting on Tuesday. He is likely to resume riding next week.

Charlie Swan rode a winner for his Cloughjordan neighbour, John Kenny, when partnering My Name’s Not Bin to take the Nore Valley Hurdle.

The winner made practically all the running and was untroubled by the late surge of Wotsitooya, scoring by two lengths,

"We’re only small men, so will be celebrating for two days”, said Kenny.

"She has the heart of a lion, Charlie was terrific, he is a great judge of pace.”

It isn’t often Christy Roche has a a winner and the bookmakers are singing. But that was the case after his newcomer Red Knight had landed the Bumper.

A huge drifter in the market, indeed you couldn’t give him away, Red Knight came wide in the straight to sweep to the front inside the furlong pole and beat Ballytobin with plenty in hand.

"He’s a lovely horse, but I didn’t think he would handle it round here”, reported Roche. "He’s big and rangy and I see him as a chaser in the making.”

The Slievenamon Beginners Chase was a poor contest, but that will hardly worry the connections of Give Me style, who finally enjoyed a turn.

Pat Verling let her lead four from home and the daughter of Mister Lord made the rest to beat Smart Design. "We’ve been waiting a long time,” smiled trainer, Liam Burke.

The always prominent An Capall Dubh, owned and trained by Garrett Ducey, stayed on dourly to beat Appel Island in the Cahir Maiden Hunters Chase. The seven-year-old was capably handled Johnny McGrath (25) from Dungravan, who was enjoying a first success on the racecourse.

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