Island gets up late to land spoils

Shutter Island got up late on to land the most valuable race on Ballinrobe’s card, the E. P. S. Pumps Handicap Hurdle last night.

Island gets up late to land spoils

Charles O’Brien’s charge had scored on his latest outing over timber, and though he struggled on the level after that, he was a 7/2 chance in a wide-open contest.

Lindenhurst took up the running when the pacesetting Erlkonig faded, but a slight mistake at the last gave Shutter Island his chance, and he responded well to Mark Walsh’s urgings to win by half a length.

Frank Berry, racing manager for Shutter Island’s owner JP McManus, said: “He was good for his first handicap and he jumped quite well. He looked in trouble round the last bend, but he got a good jump at the last.

“He disappointed the last day in Tipperary, but he just needs a jump in front of him and we’ll look for something similar for him.”

Urtheoneiwant broke an incredible barren spell for John Byrne after she became his first winner since 1993 in the Costello McDermott Mares Maiden Hurdle.

The 7/2 chance was always at the head of affairs and Davy Condon tried to give Storm Away the slip on the home turn.

Davy Russell looked to have that move covered entering the straight, but Urtheoneiwant found plenty after the last to leave her toiling six and a half lengths behind.

Byrne said: “I had a winner in 1993 with a mare in Kilbeggan called Miss Splendour. My father John won the Cambridgeshire in 1946 with a horse called Splendour. I’m from Ballymun and train in Meath now.

“I started with three horses two years ago and I bought two last year and one has turned out to be quite good! I always knew she had ability and I’ll try and keep her to her own bracket.”

Falkirk meanwhile struck at the fourth attempt when taking the Vaughan Shoes Maiden, the first time Flat racing had taken place at the track since alterations took place.

Aidan O’Brien opted to reach for the visor on the 5/4 favourite, and that decision proved a good one as he travelled sweetly in second for Joseph O’Brien, though he was hard at work to overhaul Pirate Cove on the home turn.

Keeping on well in the closing stakes, Falkirk eventually scored by a length and a half from the running-on Dancingwithangels.

Joseph O’Brien said: “He raced quite green and raw and a little bit silly. He was a bit disappointing in Galway but it probably stretched him. He had two okay runs before that and it is nice to win a maiden with him.

“The new part of the track rode nicely. Obviously my horse was a bit raw, but the bit of rain made it nice safe ground.”

Fergal Lynch is viewing the rest of his career as a “new era” after being allowed to ride back in Britain, although there was to be no fairytale visit to the winner’s enclosure at Ayr.

The BHA last week lifted the restrictions placed on Lynch, who admitted stopping Bond City from winning at Ripon in August 2004. He has been based in Ireland since being granted a licence by the Irish Turf Club in 2012, but returned to ride at the Scottish track aboard Mr Bounty, a horse owned by his father and trained by Michael O’Callaghan.

However, despite Mr Bounty being backed from 12-1 into 7-2 he could only finish fourth.

Lynch said: “It was a nice feeling when the stalls opened and it’s good to be back. We hoped he’d run well, but we were a bit worried about the ground. I don’t think there’s any racing in Ireland on Saturday, so there might be something back here for me.”

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