McCreery on scoresheet again with Lizzie Bennett

FORMER Kildare senior footballer, Willie McCreery, is rapidly making a name for himself as a trainer.

He did the business again at Clonmel last night when saddling Lizzie Bennett to take the Valley Of Honey Maiden Hurdle.

She ran with promise behind Otterstown Lady at Punchestown and made no mistake here, under a very confident Barry Cash drive.

Lizzie Bennett could be mapped as the likely winner a fair way out and was in total control once allowed lead by Cash at the final flight.

Commented McCreery: “She loved jumping hurdles the last day and I decided to come here instead of going for a fillies handicap at Leopardstown.

“Barry gave her a lovely, patient ride, she doesn’t like to hit the front too early.”

Adrian Heskin added to his ever growing reputation with an excellent display aboard Warcraft in the Novice Chase.

Warcraft had been plagued a little in his previous races by indifferent jumping, but produced an impeccable exhibition on this occasion.

Heskin eased him ahead going to the second last and Warcraft hardly turned a hair to beat Armaramak.

“Davy (Russell, who rode him in his two races coming into this) thought he had a wind problem”, reported Hourigan.

“We don’t think he has, but put on a tongue-strap as a precaution. I’m not sure what will be next, there might be something for him at Killarney. A two mile and six at Galway is the plan, but that’s a bit away.”

Edward O’Grady’s team are in fine shape and his Oola Lad followed up a victory here last month with a game effort in the Tote Trifecta Rollover Handicap Chase.

“For the last two seasons I had summer horses, but we never got summer ground”, related O’Grady.

Patrick Mangan took no prisoners and committed Oola Lad at the fifth last. Surenaga threatened danger on the run in, but there was still a head between them at the line.

Continuing O’Grady said: “Where else is this horse going to go only for another one of these races!”

Bookmakers began with a decent result when 12-1 shot Aughwilliam Lady took the opening Cluain Meala Maiden Hurdle. Pushed ahead early in the straight by John Cullen, she found plenty to easily beat Millrock Lady.

Trainer, Martina Doran, said: “We’ll see how she comes out of the race and decide whether it will be a break or another run.”

Pat Flynn, who has a fine record at this track, enjoyed another success when Mon Champion took the Clonmel Show 4th July Handicap Hurdle.

Ridden by in-form Shay Barry, Mon Champion kept finding for his pilot’s driving to hold Watermelon by a length.

“I was half expecting him to win, but you never know”, said Flynn, with more than a hint of realism.

Down in Neworleans, who ran a cracker at Leopardstown, easily landed the Bumper in the hands of Ross O’Sullivan. Set alight in the straight, he stretched right away to score by nine lengths. Trainer, Margaret Mullins, believes the five-year-old’s future lies over fences.

The Michael Butler-trained Mosman Park, who won by five lengths at Listowel on Monday, had no trouble defying top weight, under a mandatory 6lbs penalty, in the Handicap Hurdle.

Partnered by Robbie McCarthy, he was cantering all over the opposition approaching the home turn, cruising to a seven lengths success over Mel Del.

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