Rebel makes no mistake

REBEL FITZ, beaten into second in controversial circumstances at Listowel in June, made no mistake in the Maiden Hurdle at Cork yesterday.

For those who waded in, however, there was a scare before the race even started.

Rebel Fitz jinked going out onto the track, dislodging Davy Russell. Fortunately, he only ran loose for a couple of furlongs and at no great pace.

The six-year-old was quickly caught and reunited with Russell. He travelled and jumped beautifully through the contest and eased to the front coming away from three out to easily beat Park Ranger.

“Davy thinks he’d want an ease in the ground and more of a test of stamina”, reported trainer, Michael Winters.

“That said the ground here is top-class, they have done a great job. We were going to run him at Galway on Saturday, but the owner couldn’t be there. We thought we might take one off Dermot (Weld)! Listowel will probably be next.”

Rebel Fitz’s owner is Kanturk man, Brian Sweetnam, who is a banker in London and was present yesterday.

Little went right for Oneeightofamile in the big two mile Monday night handicap at Galway, but he stripped fit and well to take the J P McManus Hurdle.

Dashingly handled by the promising David Splaine, the winner was allowed bowl along with under a circuit to cover.

This excellent money-spinner showed no signs of stopping in the closing stages, crossing the line five lengths to the good over De Valira.

Commented trainer, John Kiely: “He was very unlucky at Galway. The stalls were completely new to him and he walked out of them.

“He will have to stick to conditions races now and then go chasing, when we run out of options.”

Well-backed favourite, Won In The Dark, ran particularly flat and never looked like winning, trailing in fourth of four.

Davy Russell, on the mark in the opener aboard Rebel Fitz, missed out on a double in the Follow Us On Twitter Handicap Hurdle.

Victory went to Adropaupep, with Paul Townend taking over in the plate. The mare is trained by Charles Byrnes, who was attending a wedding.

Townend made his move four from home and Adropaupep made the rest to beat Paddy The Ref with a nice bit in hand.

For A Finish, who struggled in his previous two runs for a bit of form, was back on song in the Hurdle.

Russell’s mount, Ninth Legion, strong in the market from 4-6 to 4-7, was taken to the front over the sixth last.

But For A Finish was a constant threat up the straight and, despite hitting the final flight, was always getting the best of the battle on the run in.

Tommy Treacy gave the Gerard Mullins-trained Bachelor Affair a superb ride to take the Cork Handicap Hurdle.

Treacy, a canny operator, made all of the running on the nine-year-old, saving plenty for the long straight, eventually scoring quite cosily from the dead-heaters, Green To Gold and Akinspirit.

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