Chasing future for promising Sizer

JIM DREAPER’S Mobile Sizer, having only a second outing and a first over jumps, took the first division of the two mile Maiden Hurdle at Tipperary last night.

Enterprisingly handled by Andrew Lynch, the imposing gelding was allowed lead heading out into the country for the final time.

Sir Lynx was a persistent challenger in the straight, but Mobile Sizer found plenty for pressure to hold his rival by a neck.

The winner did edge to his right over the last and a stewards’ inquiry was quickly called. The decision to leave the result stand was undoubtedly the correct one.

Commented Dreaper: “He looks big and strong, but isn’t big and strong and will take time to come to himself. He won’t run again this season and will come back over fences.”

Lynch completed a double when guiding Henry de Bromhead’s You Must Know Me — certainly a name for the future — to an easy success in the three mile Schooling At Tipperary Maiden Hurdle.

Shrapnel was again entrusted with favouritism, but proved no match for You Must Know Me, who led from the third to win unextended by 11 lengths.

Said de Bromhead: “I decided to give him one spin over hurdles and he will be put away now and come back chasing. I’m really looking forward to him next season, he is an exciting horse.”

The second division of the two mile Maiden Hurdle was won in impressive style by David Wachman’s Pageboy. Wachman’s horses have been flying on the flat, but this was his first National Hunt winner since Manjoe scored over fences at Navan in June of 2006.

John Cullen was aboard and this was over as a contest once he sent Pageboy on two out to beat the promising E Mac by a length and three parts.

An Dearthair Og went off a heavily backed favourite, 7-2 in the morning and from 5-2 to 2-1 on track. He made a lot of the running, but dropped out rather dramatically from the second last.

It’s a long way from the all-weather at Dundalk to testing conditions at Tipperary, but Kanes Pass delighted in the change when taking the five furlongs Follow Tipperary On Facebook Handicap.

Sovereign Secure flattered to deceive, but in-form Fergal Lynch powered the winner to the front inside the furlong pole to score by three parts of a length.

Willie McCreery, who trained the winner, his brother, Peter trained the second, said: “I’m delighted she’s won, she’s a tough little filly.”

Only three faced the starter in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden for juveniles, but it produced a thrilling finish.

Victory went to the 1-3 shot, Katchy Lady, but those who plunged had many uncomfortable moments.

The trio raced to the line locked together, with Niall McCullagh driving Katchy Lady to a hard-earned nose and short head defeat of the slow-starting Chips Are Down and Marvelous James.

The capable Niki O’Shea was seen to advantage when taking the Handicap Hurdle on Enter The Indian.

O’Shea made his move well before the home turn and saved enough to hold Volkis O’Blue by half a length.

The evening ended on a poor note for the layers when the best-backed horse in the Bumper, Eddie Hales’ Definite Dream, partnered by Robbie McNamara, got the best of a tough three-way tussle with Calibre Style and Ally Cascade.

“I’m fed up of seeing you lot”, quipped Hales, typically, to the assembled press. “He couldn’t win a point-to-point and it suddenly dawned on me that he wasn’t staying three miles.”

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