Glade defies top weight in some style

ALPINE GLADE put up a smashing performance to defy top weight in the lakehotel.com Handicap Hurdle at Killarney last night.

In doing so the daughter of Oscar was completing in excess of a 57-1 double for trainer, Willie McCreery, and rider, Barry Cash, initiated earlier by Whisper Cool.

The mare made no show in the Galway Hurdle, but looked a different proposition here, stepping well up in trip.

Ridden with restraint for most of the journey, she came there flying to strike the front at the last and then stretched away on the level to beat Novel Investment by five lengths.

“She hit the second at Galway and didn’t like those easyfix hurdles”, explained McCreery. “She doesn’t like them at home either.

“In future we will stick to races with these type of hurdles, but this will be her last year racing, she will be going in foal.”

Whisper Cool, having a first run for McCreery and over obstacles, took the Kelly Foley And Co In Association With Lloyd Fitzpatrick Accountants three-year-old Maiden Hurdle.

Cash squeezed him through to lead up the inside at the final flight and Whisper Cool stayed on to beat Toyshop.

Reported McCreery: “I bought him out of Ger Lyons’ and he said he was a nice little horse. He will mix it between the flat and jumps.”

The Owens McCarthy Claims Specialists Handicap Chase went to morning-price gamble, the Eugene O’Sullivan-trained Head Waiter.

Taken as high as 16-1 in the offices, he was strong on track as well and returned at 11-2.

In the first two throughout, Head Waiter jumped ahead over three out. Hairy Molly was right on terms at the last, however, but took a horrible tumble, leaving Head Waiter clear.

Unfortunately, Hairy Molly’s fall was fatal, while his rider, Shay Barry, was removed to hospital with possible pelvic injuries.

O’Sullivan said of Head Waiter: “He will go to Listowel now for a two mile and three the first day. He is a stone better on this track, but likes Listowel as well.”

Barry had better luck earlier on when guiding Satu to a successful debut over fences in the Southwestern Power Services Ltd Beginners Chase.

Barry dashed Satu up the inside to lead three out and they held a narrow lead over Coast jumping the last.

Satu, however, hung to his right and went across in front of Coast half way up the run in.

A stewards’ inquiry was quickly called, but it was clear the result wasn’t affected and an alteration to the placings was never a possibility.

Said Doyle: “We felt he was a bit high over hurdles and decided to go chasing. He will now mix it.”

Punters were getting ready to calculate their winnings as the favourite Casey Top went to the final flight in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Hurdle.

He was a couple of lengths to the good and rider, Barry Geraghty, appeared to have matters well in hand.

But Casey Top brushed through the obstacle, lost momentum and Queiros Bleu powered past on the flat for Andrew Lynch to score by half a length.

Willie Mullins’ well-backed newcomer Allure Of Illusion found plenty of trouble up the straight in the Bumper, but finally got an opening to cut down front-running, Maddoxtown.,

Commented Mullins: “He’s not too bad and works well at home. He could have a run on the flat and then go hurdling.”

The Noel Glynn-trained Gonebeyondrecall has essentially been disappointing, but got off the mark over fences with a vengeance in the Killlarney Oaks Hotel Beginners Chase.

Partnered by Davy Russell, the seven-year-old was nursed around for much of the two and a half mile trip.

But once Russsell asked him to go about his business, Gonebeyondrecall burst clear and was 21 lengths to the good at the line. The Kerry National at Listowel will be his next port of call.

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