Fogarty on a high as Warior easily wins battle

Mikey Fogarty, who recently relinquished his amateur status, has certainly made a cracking start as a professional.

Fogarty on a high as Warior easily wins battle

At the first stage of the Listowel festival yesterday, he took his score in the pro ranks to two from two when guiding 25-1 shot Balynaclash Warior, trained in Co Wexford by Richie Rath, to victory in the Charleville Cheese Maiden Hurdle.

Fogarty produced his charge to lead between the last two flights and the winner scampered clear to beat the long absent, Clonard Lad.

“It’s unbelievable, it can only be all downhill after this”, remarked Fogarty. “He disappointed at Tramore last time, but we thought he didn’t like the hill. He jumps great and stays well.”

Bryan Cooper, recently returned from a long-term injury, made it two wins in just three rides aboard Guitar Pete in the Kerry Ingredients And Flavours three-year-old Hurdle.

Copper asked the winner to lead at the last and the Dark Angel gelding quickened clear to easily beat Lindenhurst.

Commented Cooper: “This horse has been schooling since he was a two-year-old and took to it very well. We couldn’t believe how he was running on the flat, but is still very babyish.”

Noel Meade’s Curley Bill was best for money in the Kerrymaid Hurdle and obliged for Davy Condon, despite some indifferent jumping.

He flew the second last, however, and that was a major help, as he gathered in the front-running Un Beau Roman.

Said Meade: “We have liked him all along and he’s tough too. Davy felt he didn’t handle the track and would be better travelling the other way. He will keep going, while the ground stays good.”

Minella For Value, a costly failure at Galway last week, redressed the balance for Davy Russell when landing the Cheestrings Beginners Chase.

Russell always had him on the pace and grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck when sending his charge ahead off the home turn.

Said Russell: “I was more forceful on him today, but he took a fierce blow at Galway and was a better horse here.”

Russell, though, was found guilty of improper use of the whip and suspended for one day.

Edward O’Grady’s The Real Article followed a decent effort when third at Killarney by landing the Kerry Group Handicap Chase.

Partnered with typical confidence by Barry Geraghty, the winner powered ahead coming away from two out and was far too good for the always-prominent Toostrong.

Said O’Grady: “He worked last Tuesday and it was the first time in a long while that he pleased me.

“He is likely to have one more run, then have a wind operation and come back in the spring.”

Michael Winters continued his terrific run when Theos Well, having a first outing for the yard, ran away with the Bumper.

Partnered by Jonathan Burke, Theos Well was free in the early stages, but found plenty when asked to buckle down, shooting clear in the straight.

“He pulled a muscle in his rump and we left him off a for a few months”, reported Winters. “He’s probably a good horse and we might chances a winners’ bumper now.”

The promising Burke is 17 years-of-age and this was his eighth success on the track, to go with two in the point-to-point fields.

Barry O’Neill gave Colin Bowe’s Glibin a patient drive in the Low Low EBF Mares’ Handicap Hurdle and it paid dividends.

The mare got to the front over the last and stayed on to hold Station Lane and Derrylea Girl.

“The ground suited, she let herself down on it”, reported Bowe. “She will keep going and mix it, hurdles and fences.”

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