Crowe swoops late as Abbey Glen nails favourite

“THEY have done a fantastic job with the watering,” said Frank Berry, racing manager to JP McManus, after the owner’s Abbey Glen had swooped late to grab the John J Galvin Handicap Hurdle at Listowel yesterday.

Charles Byrnes’ Bideford Legend was a strong favourite, finding 13-8 from a little 9-4. He moved sweetly through the contest and landed in front over the second last.

Bideford Legend certainly looked the most likely winner at that stage, but Alan Crowe conjured a terrific late surge from Abbey Glen to nail the market leader in the dying strides.

Berry commented: “He travelled and jumped and put his head down from the back of the last. He will race through the summer, Alan gave him a great ride.”

Davy Russell, who partnered Bideford Legend, was suspended for one day, the stewards deciding he had failed to give his mount time to respond while using his whip.

Robert Power gave Norther Bay a superb drive to land the Kevin Broderick Memorial Handicap Chase.

The winner tried to make all, but Power sat unperturbed when Dundrum went past going to three out.

He waited until into the straight before renewing his challenge and Norther Bay answered the call, forging clear between the last two fences.

Trainer Eoin Griffin said: “We’re delighted with him, he had a heavy enough fall the last day. Robert was very good, he is not the easiest horse to ride.”

Catcherinscratcher went off the 3-1 favourite in the Kingdom Mares’ Maiden Hurdle and could hardly have won any easier.

Always on the pace for Davy Russell, she went on heading out for the final time. The further they went the stronger she got, crossing the line ten lengths clear of Witness Belle.

Trainer Henry de Bromhead wasn’t at the meeting, but Russell reported: “Henry told me to make loads of use of her, she has an abundance of stamina.”

Our Victoria was the one most punters wanted in the Listowel Race Directors’ Mares Beginners Chase, finding evens from 7-4.

She ran a cracker, but could not resist the persistent challenge of Benefit Of Porter, who was the stronger from the final fence.

Trainer Pat Sinnott said: “She was very good, given it was her first time over fences, and will be given a mini-break now.”

Moira McElligott, who is 24 and comes from Asdee, Co Kerry, has her first success on the track aboard Chrisdonlady in the Clieveragh Hunters Chase.

The winner made every yard of the running, with McElligott, who has two point-to-point victories to her credit, saving more than enough to hold Jamsie Hall.

Trainer Paddy Neville said: “She’s a right little mare and Moira gets on really well with her.”

Kalico Kim, a 25-1 shot and having a first outing since January, was too strong for Bean Chroi Bhriste from the final flight in the first division of the Harvest Festival 11th-17th September Handicap Hurdle.

A 40-1 chance on the tote, she is trained at Templemore, Co Tipperary by John Ryan. Said Ryan: “She came to me about seven or eight months ago, was being trained on the all-weather and putting her on grass has made a big difference. This is a very nice mare and should win again.”

The second section of the same contest went to Dessie Hughes’ Baby’s Hot and Bryan Cooper.

A number of horses flattered in turn, but it was Cooper who had the real answer, producing the winner to sweep clear after the last.

Shark Hanlon’s Trabajo streaked away with what looked a competitive bumper by 11 lengths, after Corky Carroll had set him alight early in the straight.

“I have always thought the world of this horse and he can go on and win his maiden hurdle now,” remarked Hanlon.

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