Note strikes right chord for Murphy

DUNDRUM, Co Tipperary trainer, Mick Murphy, enjoyed his biggest success to date when Jubilant Note stormed away with the Listowel Races Supporters' Club Lartigue Handicap Hurdle at the Kerry track yesterday.

“I'm delighted, he did it well”, remarked Murphy. “He probably won a shade too far (five and a half lengths), but it was a good pot.”

Davy Russell had the mount and he made his move when sending Jubilant Note for glory coming away from the third last.

The Sadler's Wells gelding showed no signs of stopping from that point and was well in charge in the closing stages to beat Querido.

“The ground will be going soon and we might take him across the water”, said Murphy, who has just three horses in at the moment. “It won't be to the Cheltenham meeting in November, that wouldn't suit, he wants a flat track.”

John Cullen rode his first winner since returning from injury when guiding the heavily-backed Dostoievsky to success in the T P Walsh Memorial Handicap Hurdle. Dostoievsky swept ahead coming away from the third last and Cullen kept him going in fine style to beat Upyaboya.

“The owners have been very patient”, reported trainer, Paul Nolan. “He got a leg when he won at Wexford and was off for a while.

“It was my own fault, I shouldn't have run him on the ground. Hopefully, he will stay sound now and keep going, he should make a better chaser.”

Michael Fitzgerald, who has held a licence for about a year and trains eleven horses at Gowran, Co Kilkenny, enjoyed a fifth success when the newcomer Luas Luso turned over market-leader, Minnesota Leader, in the Bumper.

Minnesota Leader looked sure to score when dashing ahead early in the straight, but James O'Farrell got a real tune from Luas Luso, who led in the final hundred yards to score going away by a length and a half.

“She was ready to run at Cork last November, but got a bit jarred up and we decided to let her off”, said Fitzgerald. “I was worrried about the gorund, it was just about safe enough.”

The layers began their day with a screamer in the Shannon Maiden Hurdle with victory going to 25-1 shot, 48-1 plus on the Tote, Backsideup. He was a first for Moone, Co Kildare handler, Vincent Clynch, who is a neighbour of Jessica Harrington's and used to have Aye Aye Popeye with her.

Tommy Treacy drove Backsideup to the front over the second last and she stayed on to beat Major Title.

Un Hinged was a decent gamble, 11-4 to 7-4, but was struggling a fair way from home, although subsequently found to be cut on both his foreleg and hindleg.

Tom Hogan went to the Curragh and missed seeing his Flare Star, owned by the seven-member Priory Syndicate, streak away with the Brandon Hotel Handicap.

She looked a very promising sort, until disappointing at Leopardstown previously, but was right back to her best here.

Produced with impeccable timing by Pauline Ryan, the Nashwan filly quickened in style from the furlong pole to cut down the flattering Fayr Star. It was a ninth success for Ryan.

A tasty touch went astray on the John Brassil-trained Too Much Chat in the Kerry Petroleum Handicap Chase.

Backed from 4-1 to 2-1, he held every chance going to two out. He jumped the fence perfectly, but dipped at the back and was always fighting a losing battle after

Eventual winner Penny Hall jumped on at the third last and was too strong for the favourite, scoring by a length and a half.

Charlies First, having a first outing since March, made a winning return in the O'Callaghan Family Hotels Handicap.

He was continuing the terrific run of trainer, Peter Casey. Partnered by Casey's son and namesake, Charlies First cruised past Stolen Light with over a furlong to run to score with a lot in hand. Rider-Casey was suspended for one day for using his whip unnecessarily.

The bookmakers handled €1,238,487 yesterday, as against €1,066,557 last year. Biggest betting race was the handicap won by Flare Star, in which they held €246,182.

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