Happy days as The Fonze delivers

EOIN DOYLE’S The Fonze won the 16th race of his life when giving an exhibition of jumping in the Limerick Junction Chase at Tipperary last night.

Happy days as The Fonze delivers

“He’s a great servant, it is a privilege to train him,” said a delighted Doyle.

Echo Bob tried to make all, but the distress signals were about to fly when he got in tight to the second last.

The Fonze, in contrast, landed running and quickly scorched clear for Shay Barry to beat Schelm by seven lengths.

Doyle added: “He will probably go for the Galway Plate again (fourth last year). He will also go back over hurdles and there’s the flat as well.”

Life Of Reilly, who had promised more than was ever delivered up to now, got his act together to easily take the Enjoy An Evening At Tipperary Maiden Hurdle.

Confidently handled by Mark Walsh, the winner had plenty of horses in front of him early in the straight.

He was travelling sweetly, however, and was in front at the last and then eased away to beat Anoosou by two lengths.

Trainer John Kiely reported: “He’s had a few setbacks and we had to be patient. Hopefully, he will improve a bit on that.”

Walsh completed a 43-1 double aboard the Francis Flood-trained Take A Shot in the first division of the Monard Handicap Hurdle.

He appeared to be struggling heading to the home turn, but found loads for Walsh pressure to beat Fair Dilemma a head in a driving finish.

“The ground and the longer trip were a help,” said Fran Flood, representing his father.

Both Life Of Reilly and Take A Shot are owned by JP McManus and he was also on the mark with Harold’s Cross in the Sports Club Handicap Chase.

The Galileo gelding, an easy winner at Killarney previously, was pulling double over his rivals in the straight and scored with plenty in hand for Alan Crowe.

McManus’s racing manager, Frank Berry, did the honours and said: “He obviously likes that ground and will keep going through the summer.”

McManus was deprived of a four-timer when Ainama went down by a neck to St Devote in the www.tippperaryraces.ie Beginners Chase.

Ainama was an unlucky loser. He was going best heading to the last, but was bumped by the winner, was slow at the obstacle and could never get back at St Devote. The stewards held an inquiry, but no alteration to the placings was the correct decision.

“They have done a good job with the track, but that ground is fast as he would want it,” said winning trainer, Eoin Griffin

“He is not a horse for the depths of winter and good to yielding is his ideal ground. He is likely to have one more run and then go to Galway.”

No One Tells Me, tackling three miles for the first time, was an easy winner of the Tipperary Racecourse Supporters’ Club Hurdle.

Pushed ahead going to two out by Robbie Power, the mare lengthened away to score with lots in hand.

Trainer Jessica Harrington missed the race, she was at Epsom instead supervising final preparations for Siren’s Song's challenge in the Oaks today.

Brian Hayes, who rode runner-up King Of Redfield, was found guilty of careless riding and suspended for two days.

The second section of the Monard Handicap Hurdle produced a thriller between Tom Mullins’ Some Gem and Adrian Maguire’s Teak.

They went to the last locked together, but a better jump by Some Gem was decisive and she battled on to beat her rival by a short head.

The winner was partnered by the much improved Danny Mullins and carried the colours of the trainer’s wife, Helen.

The principals came very close on the run-in and it was no surprise when a stewards’ inquiry was called. It would have been equally surprising if the placings hadn’t remained unaltered.

The Matthieu Palussiere-trained newcomer, Ut Love, got the best of a desperate last furlong tussle with Deep Determination in the Bumper, the verdict a short head.

For the third time of the night the stewards swung into action, but again there was never any possibility of a change in the placings.

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