Eagle soars again after drop in class

GIANT EAGLE, down in class following respectable efforts at Punchestown and the Curragh, duly did the business in the Bumper at Cork yesterday.

The winner was always racing near the front and trainer Tom Foley’s capable daughter, Adrienne (it was a 30th success for her), sent him on early in the straight to beat Lesoto Diamond comfortably.

The son of Giant’s Causeway cost 420,000 guineas as a yearling and trainer Foley explained how he came to be trained by him.

“The owners (Fireworks Syndicate) picked him up, I never asked where”, said Foley. “We had to have him done for his wind and he’s had other little problems as well.

“I knew when we got him right he would win again, it has just taken time. He wouldn’t want the ground as fast as that and will now go out on grass.

“He will come back next season over hurdles. I haven’t shown him a hurdle yet, but will be disappointed if he doesn’t take to them.

Dream Catch, 22nd of 22 behind Katcharto Lady at Punchestown previously, popped up in the Glantane Handicap Hurdle.

Trained by Lester Winters at Dunleer, Co Louth, the 20-1 shot (32-1 on the Tote) was partnered by Tommy Treacy.

He got to the front between the final two flights and was always holding Crusher Run on the flat.

“We were quietly confident he would run well at Punchestown, but he got hampered after the third last and that put paid to his chances”, reported Winters, who has 19 horses in his care and was enjoying a third victory.

The stewards asked the relevant questions of Winters and accepted the explanation offered.

Treacy completed a 314-1 double when De Chirico, who should have had no chance given the conditions of the contest, got the best of a desperate tussle with Wing Of Fire to score by a short head in the Corkman Chase.

Treacy’s uncle, Martin, trains the winner and remarked: “That was badly needed. He was totally wrong at the weights, but it was a nice pot.

“He has always been a good horse, but got leg trouble as a youngster. We will see what the handicapper does now, but he could go for the Galway Plate.”

Scot Love, owned by the four-member Dollwell Syndicate, two from Dolphin Rugby Club and one each from Sundays Well and Cork Constitution, won the Fermoy Maiden Hurdle with plenty in hand.

He made every yard of the running and the only possible danger was removed when Lady Georgette pulled up going to four out when in second spot.

Davy Russell was aboard Scot Love and was on the mark as well when Dbest justified strong favouritism in the Corkman Handicap Chase.

He’s not the easiest on which to win, but Russell made up his mind, sending him on over the third from home.

Joanna Morgan’s charge never showed any signs of flinching from that stage, crossing the line five lengths clear of Anno jubilo.

It was the 23rd winner of the season for Russell, who is clearly intent on putting it up to the the current champion, Ruby Walsh. He currently leads Walsh, he also landed a double at Roscommon, 23-17.

Paul Nolan’s horses have been out of form for a while, but there are signs they may be coming back and he enjoyed a turn when Square Ball took the Corkman Handicap Hurdle.

He appeared to have the measure of Head Waiter when that horse fell two out and Alain Cawley kept him going to beat Dalucci.

Said Nolan: “This is a small, light-framed horse and the light weight he had to carry made the difference.

“Hopefully, we are starting to fire now and this fellow should scrape into one of those Galway handicaps towards the end of the week.”

You would have to describe the three mile Navigation Road Hurdle as a moderate heat, which fell to the former hunter chaser, Barregarrow.

He was left in front at the third last when Persue A Head fell and made the rest to beat Gran Reserva.

Well-backed market-leader, Failte Aris, was done no favours by the fall of Persue A Head, but was struggling to get in a blow anyway.

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