Flawless Aupcharlie gets back on track at Clonmel

Henry de Bromhead’s Aupcharlie got back on track at Clonmel yesterday when landing the Suir Valley Chase.

Flawless Aupcharlie gets back on track at Clonmel

He arrived on the back of two falls, but gave a largely flawless exhibition here and remains a horse of some promise.

Aupcharlie moved sweetly throughout and only Miley Shah was any sort of danger in the final half mile.

From the back of the second last, however, there was only going to be one winner, as Aupcharlie eased clear for Andrew Lynch to score by four and a quarter lengths.

De Bromhead was absent, at Aintree, but Lynch reported: “He jumped very well, apart from one fence.

“This was all about getting his confidence back and, hopefully, it will now be onwards and upwards.” Lynch stood himself down from his ride in the next race, feeling unwell.

Jim Dreaper’s Sizing Coal was all the rage in the Ardfinnan Maiden Hurdle, 2-1 to 5-4 favourite.

He travelled and jumped well in front, but again found little at the business end and was no match Conor O’Dwyer’s Go Darsi Go, ridden by Ben Dalton, from two out.

Said O’Dwyer: “I’m delighted, I bought him off Davy Fitzgerald, after he had finished third in a point-to-point.

“He had a pleasing run at Limerick, where they crawled, and we decided to make a bit more use of him today.”

Go Darsi Go is owned by Philip Reynolds, who is a son of the former Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds.

Desertmore Stream, trained by Philip Fenton for Gigginstown House Stud, left some frustrating efforts nicely behind when easily taking the Go Racing In The South East Maiden Hurdle.

He coasted up the straight to beat Gold Platinum with plenty in hand and only had to be nudged out by Brian O’Connell in the closing stages. On the approach to the second last there was a stricken horse and the field was waved wide, before coming back in to jump the hurdle.

Unfortunately, however, the runner up went past the flight and should have been pulled up by Andrew Leigh. But, instead, she joined in again, jumped the last and was driven out all the way to the line.

Disqualification was inevitable and Leigh was found guilty of missing a hurdle, failing to pull up and suspended for four days.

Commented Fenton of his winner: “He settled and relaxed today. I’d say he will be kept on the go and would like better ground.”

Robert Tyner and Philip Enright continued their terrific run when Tooreen battled on strongly to beat front-running Charles Magnes in the Go Racing In The South East Handicap Hurdle. It was a fine display on the part of the daughter of Gold Well, considering she went up 12lbs for winning on this track last month.

Said Tyner: “He (Enright) is riding out of his skin basically, that was a top-class ride. She will run again at Limerick next Wednesday, under a 4lbs penalty.”

Philip Byrne, who trains at Birr, Co Offaly, had his first winner of the year when Lough Roe Lady took the Slievenamon Beginners Chase.

She was always going nicely on the heels of the leaders and this was over once she was asked to lead coming away from the second last by Andrew McNamara.

Said Byrne: “She’s been running consistently, Andy gave her a superb ride. She will go handicapping now and also has options over hurdles.”

Dessie Hughes, who scored with Guitar Pete at Aintree, was also on the mark with the long-absent Swiftmarc.

Ridden by Roger Loughran and returning after a break of 641 days, the winner forged ahead going to the last and already had the measure of heavily backed favourite, Sherika, when that one got it wrong at the final fence.

Niall Madden, who took a bad fall off Pipe Down in this contest, was removed to hospital in Clonmel with a broken left leg.

Michelle Gannon, who gave birth to a baby boy, James, less than two weeks ago, saddled Missyspet to win the Bumper.

Powerfully handled by Riche Kiely, Missyspet got up in the final stride to beat Oneforlill by a nose.

“I’m delighted, but don’t know where she will go next”, said what could only be described as an ecstatic Gannon.

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