Streets paved with gold for McManus

STREETS OF GOLD, trained by Christy Roche for J P McManus, dug deep to land the Grand National at Cork yesterday.

Beautifully handled by Alan Crowe, he was produced to challenge early in the straight, after Operation Houdini and Garryowen Star had carried them along for much of the three miles and six trip.

Streets Of Gold, who is bred to win a Derby, got to the front between the last two fences and battled like a lion to hold Operation Houdini and The Last Derby.

McManus’ racing manager, Frank Berry, did the honours in the winner’s enclosure and said: “He loved the conditions and Alan gave him a great ride.

“He’s been consistent, without setting the world alight, and it is smashing to land a nice prize like that.

“He’s been on the go all summer and will have a break now and, I’m sure, will run at Christmas.”

Said Crowe: “He’s tough and gives you everything. Stamina won the day for him.”

Tom Hogan’s Mount Helicon continued his progression up the ranks with a game effort in the Dial-A-Bet 1800 721821 EBF Novice Hurdle.

Tracking the leaders for much of the journey, he was nudged ahead by John Cullen heading to two out.

Original Option soon tried his case, but the winner had plenty left to score by a length and three parts.

Mount Helicon did edge to his right heading to the last, but was nicely clear of the second and it was a surprise a stewards’ inquiry was called.

Indeed, one member of the press corps remarked: “The stewards should be in for calling that inquiry!”

Commented trainer-Hogan: “He’s a lovely horse, who mightn’t want the ground as heavy as that. He will come back here in December for another three mile novice hurdle.”

Davy Condon was seen at his strongest when driving Model County Lass to success in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle.

He powered her into the lead nearing the final flight and the late rush of Medical Card was never going to be a worry.

In-form trainer, Colin Bowe, reported: “She was due that, having been knocking on the door for the last couple of runs.”

Willie Mullins’s Dare To Doubt was backed from 5-4 to evens and travelled like a dream through the contest.

She found precious little, however, when asked to go and close down the leaders over the final three flights.

Back Of The Back goes from strength to strength and Colin Kidd’s mare turned in her best display to date with a fine performance in the Grade 3 Dial-A-Bet 1800 721821 EBF Novice Chase.

She raced on the pace throughout and then set sail for home for Michael Darcy over the sixth last.

They were queueing up behind to get in a blow over the last three fences, but Back Of The Pack simply ran them into the ground.

“Unbelievable”, exclaimed Kidd. “That’s her third win in just over three weeks and we will now reassess the situation (regarding the future) on Monday.”

Silas Mariner was impressive in landing the Iphone App three-year-old Hurdle.

Partnered by Michael Darcy - initiating a double - he jumped for fun in front and found loads up the straight to easily to beat Peaks Of Fire.

Sailors Warn, making his debut over jumps, was uneasy in the market, but arrived with every chance, before his effort bottomed out.

The John Murphy-trained The Buck scampered away with the Handicap Hurdle, shooting seven lengths clear of Lea Lady to give 23-year-old David Splaine his ninth winner.

Said Murphy: “David gave him a perfect ride, he kept him on the good ground on the outside all of the way.”

Francis Flood’s Valleymount was best for money in the Mares Bumper and duly obliged, outclassing the opposition from over a furlong down to score unextended by five and a half lengths.

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