‘Amazing’ Markason brushes aside rivals

“HE'S an amazing horse”, exclaimed Gerry Cully, after Markason had taken the Sunnybank Hotel Handicap Chase at Tramore last night before a huge attendance of 6,500.

Explained Cully: “He fell in a hurdle race at Limerick five weeks ago and had to be stitched. He then had to stand in his box for three weeks.”

When front-running Mossland ran out at the second last the challenging Irish Stream was left in front, but he had no answer when Davy Condon launched his challenge on Markason at the final fence.

Said Cully: “He could come back here on Sunday for a two mile and six, or else go to Bellewstown for a three mile handicap hurdle.”

The Davy Russell partnered Golden Future was first past the post in the Welcome To Tramore August Festival three-year-old Maiden Hurdle, but lost the contest in the stewards' room.

Always prominent and in front from the second last, Golden Future was strongly challenged on the flat by Haroni. The latter tried for a gap up the rails, but was hampered by the winner and, with just a head between the principals, the stewards reversed the placings.

Tommy Treacy, who rode Haroni, was suspended for seven days for hitting Russell on the arm with his whip, while Russell got two days for careless riding.

Russell gained compensation when guiding well-backed favourite Jawad to a comfortable success in the Snowcream Milk Handicap Hurdle.

Joanna Morgan's gelding came from behind to ease ahead two out and runner-up, Charming Hymn, could never get in a real blow.

John Kiely's King Rama proved far too good for his rivals in the Tote Ireland Handicap.

The Kingmambo gelding swept ahead for Fran Berry early in the straight and was soon clear to easily beat River Nurey.

Commented Kiely: “He's very consistent and, hopefully, the handicapper won't be too hard on him. He will go hurdling after a while.”

In-form Fran Berry partnered King Rama and he took his total to 40 for the campaign when Aracena ran away with the Anglo Irish Bank Maiden. She was taken as high as 11-8 in the morning and from 9-10 to 8-13 on track.

Supporters never had any cause for concern, except when she jumped a path early in the straight, after Berry had pushed her to the front on the down hill run to the home turn.

Pat Flynn continued his terrific run when Face The Sun landed the Waterford Hurlers' Handicap. Given a typically powerful drive by Danny Grant, Face The Sun made the long surge for home over half a mile out and the late rush of May Tobin was always doomed to failure.

“She's a nice little filly”, said Flynn, who particularly enjoyed the success, having trained her mother (Miss Petella).

Davy Condon, who rode Spare The Air in this contest, was found guilty of careless riding and suspended for three days.

Flynn completed a double when the talented Adrienne Foley was seen to advantage aboard Port Jeff in the Noel Cummins Bookmaker (Ladies) Maiden.

Port Jeff made a lot of the running, staying on dourly for strong handling to beat the running-on Swiss Hall. “She's a great girl”, said Flynn.

“He's a horse who has broken down in the past. We will see how he is in the morning, but he might come back here for a maiden hurdle on Sunday, if it keeps raining.”

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