Lodge turns Lartigue into a procession

It looked competitive on paper, but Burrenbridge Lodge turned the featured Lartigue Hurdle into a procession at Listowel yesterday.

The winner is trained in Co Kilkenny by Kieran Purcell, a man who won three All Ireland senior hurling medals with his native county.

Ridden by Tom Doyle, Burrenbridge Lodge stormed into the lead before the second last and only had to be pushed out in the closing stages to beat Mulleady by five and a half lengths.

“He surprised me at how well he handled the ground”, said Purcell. “He’s a super horse and brilliant to have.

“The plan was to ride him handy, but he didn’t jump at all and Tom hunted him around.

“He could have gone round again and Tom could hardly pull him up. I haven’t a clue what will be next, but he’s a big baby and will stay hurdling.”

Paul Deegan’s newcomer Seolan, the 14-1 outsider of the field, ran away with the Jet O’Carroll Memorial Median Auction Maiden.

Partnered by in-form Chris Hayes, she shot on off the home turn and was soon clear to score with plenty in hand.

Said Deegan: “She did a real nice piece of work the other day with the horse (Talitha Kum) that won for us here on Monday. We were a little worried she might run green, but is tough and genuine.”

Hayes was on the mark again when landing the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden on Flameseeker.

This was really hard work for these juveniles, with Flameseeker slogging his way best up the straight to beat Abu Nayef and Beyond Thankful.

Hayes then completed a treble — taking his tally for the season to 48 — when the great veteran of Irish flat racing, Fit The Cove, destroyed the opposition in the Brandon Hotel Handicap.

Fit The Cove is now a 12-year-old, but remains in terrific shape, exploding clear from the furlong pole to score by six lengths.

Trainer, Harry Rogers, said: “He thrives on racing, is healthy and well and has never had a sick day in his life. Hopefully, he will come back here on Saturday.”

Jimmy Mangan’s Truckin All Night was best for money in the Captain Christy Maiden Hurdle (3-1 to 9-4 favourite) and obliged, offering hard-pressed punters much needed respite.

He was ridden by Jimmy’s son, Patrick, who returned from long-term injury to guide his father’s Fair Dilemma to success over fences here on Sunday.

Truckin All Night produced a fine exhibition of jumping and front-running, finding loads from the back of the last to easily hold Prince Chaparral.

Commented Mangan senior: “It looks as if the ground is no problem and we will keep going with him. The owners are sellers, however, so he could be sold.”

Loreto, owned by Denis Brosnan’s son, Cathal, won the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Handicap, under a powerful Kevin Manning drive.

The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor kept responding in the straight to forge ahead inside the furlong pole and beat Cheval Rouge.

Ger Flynn represented trainer, Jim Bolger, and said: “She had to work hard, but is gutsy and game.

“She was a little unlucky at Killarney, being slowly away and then making up late ground. It is great to get one down here for Mr Brosnan.”

* Betting with the bookmakers was way down on last year at €392,703 compared to €547,019.

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