Galway Plate target for Tawnies

THE Thomas O’Leary-trained Tawnies dug deep to land the Dromahane Chase at Cork last night.

Warcraft jumped on four out, but a couple of untidy leaps in the straight cost him and Philip Enright got a generous response from Tawnies to power ahead on the run-in.

“I have the Galway Plate in mind, he seems to be getting better with age,” said O’Leary. “He goes best fresh, so I'm not sure if he will have another run before Galway.”

Barry Geraghty, who departed company with Jawad at the fifth, was stood down for the rest of the evening.

Charlie Swan’s Adajal completed a spectacular four-timer when holding on for dear life to land the Cork Handicap Chase.

“The handicapper nearly got him,” said a delighted Swan, after his charge had defied a rise of 28lbs for three previous victories.

The winner made a couple of errors on the way round, but a superb leap at the last was a major help and Adajal just lasted out for Denis Hogan, as Truckers Delight closed with every stride.

Swan added: “He didn’t jump as well as normal tonight for some reason. I’m not sure where he will go next, maybe for a flat race.”

The Rossmeister, far from neglected in the market, stormed away with the Maiden Hurdle, in the hands of Shay Barry.

In front coming away from three out, Eoin Doyle's Celtic Swing gelding was too strong for Wise.

Said Doyle: “He is a grand horse and growing all the time. He will probably go for a handicap now and mix it on the flat as well.”

According To Him beat Sebadee by three parts of a length in the Newmarket Handicap Hurdle and then survived a stewards’ inquiry.

The winner caused some interference to the second coming away from the second last and then badly hampered him at and after the final flight.

The stewards concluded interference had taken place in both cases, but were satisfied the winner had not improved his placing and made no alteration to the placings.

Paddy Flood, however, who rode According To Him, was found guilty of careless riding and suspended for one day.

You would have to say this was a decision which took a bit of swallowing, even accepting that According To Him was nicely on top close home.

Bootlegger followed his recent success on the course with an all-the-way win in the Mallow Town Summer BBQ Race Evening Hurdle.

Confidently handled by Davy Russell, the eight-year-old found plenty on the flat as Iron Duke threatened danger.

Trainer, Tom Mullins, said: “We’ll try him in novice hurdles and if not good enough will go straight over fences.”

Edward O’Grady, fresh from a double at Clonmel on Thursday night, struck again when morning-price gamble The Real Article, available as high as 14-1, ran away with the Bumper in the hands of James Carroll.

The Real Article is a full-brother to Rare commodity, one of O’Grady’s Clonmel winners. “Rare Commodity had four wind operations, this fellow has had only had one,” reported O’Grady

“We will probably keep going with him. He might head for a winners’ bumper, although does jumps well.”

Sean McDermott gave Daggers Bond an excellent drive, producing him to lead at the last to win the Tote Trifecta Rollover Handicap Hurdle.

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