Betsen lives up to his name with an impressive debut

BETSEN, called after the brilliant French rugby wing-forward, lived up to his name when making an impressive debut in the Mallow Maiden at Cork on Saturday.

He ran fast throughout for Fran Berry, easily mastering the odds-on and very disappointing National Swagger inside the furlong pole.

“My son Paul, who is seventeen, goes to Newbridge College, loves his rugby and he named this fellow”, reported trainer, Declan Gillespie.

“He is big and powerful, but immature, and we think will make a very nice four-year-old.”

Bassett Tiger, absent since pulling up at Cork in November, landed some decent wagers in the Killetra Chase.

Backed from 5-2 to 7-4 favourite, Bassett Tiger came from off the pace to sweep past Eskimo Jack at the final fence.

“He rattles off that ground and is best fresh”, reported trainer, Willie Mullins. “He might go for a four miler at Uttoxeter now.”

Louis Archdeacon’s Look Between Us, impressive at the previous meeting here, did the business again in style with a smooth performance in the Kanturk Handicap Chase.

Brought from the rear by Tom Ryan to lead coming away from three out, Look Between Us beat Golden Row a length and was certainly value for a bit more had his pilot so wished.

“Killarney will be next”, said Archdeacon.

“He will definitely go to Galway and will get an entry for the Plate.”

John Oxx’s newcomer, Behkiyra, was the one most punters wanted in the ring for the Cork and Kerry Maiden.

The son of Entrepreneur was taken from 4-7 to 2-5 and never gave supporters any great cause for concern.

Pat Smullen tried to steal it early in the straight on Max Almighty, but Michael Kinane always had that move covered and Behkiyra quickened clear in the closing stages.

Ger Lyons’ horses are in fine form and his once-raced That’s Hot streaked away with the Tattersalls (Ireland) Auction Maiden.

The daughter of Namid held a clear advantage for Tadhg O’Shea inside the furlong pole to beat One Fell Swoop and well-backed favourite, Monthly Medal.

There was a sting in the tail for O’Shea, however, who was suspended for two days for crossing over too quickly from his outside draw.

Jim Bolger’s Back To Paris, bogged down on rain-softened ground at the Curragh previously, found conditions much more to his liking in the Charleville Handicap.

He was bustled up to get into contention by Kevin Manning early in the straight and got to the front with less than two furlongs to go. Deerpark appeared to be travelling better than him, but the winner found plenty for pressure and was well on top close home to score by two lengths.

John Kiely’s newcomer Clara Allen, produced with impeccable timing with less than a furlong to run by Paul Cashman, proved too good for Superdarn in the Bumper.

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