Drive set for Cheltenham trip

Barrow Drive could be on course for an early trip to Cheltenham after landing the National Lottery Agent Champion Chase at Gowran Park.

Barrow Drive could be on course for an early trip to Cheltenham after landing the National Lottery Agent Champion Chase at Gowran Park.

Despite drifting out to 11/4, Barry Geraghty’s mount travelled smoothly behind the front running Ferbet Junior until moving alongside at the third last.

A better jump took the second favourite past the leader, and Geraghty’s mount was never in danger of defeat as he was chased home by Cregg House in a race in which the favourite Moscow Express blundered badly at the seventh fence and was eventually pulled up.

“He is in a novice race at Galway later this month, but we may wait instead for the Open meeting at Cheltenham next month and I’m delighted with his performance here,” said winning trainer Tony Mullins whose yard is just across the road from the course.

Earlier in the afternoon the divisions of the EBF maiden went to well bred juveniles Some Kind Of Tiger from the Aidan O’Brien stable and the John Oxx-trained Elasouna.

A three-parts brother to the brilliant Balanchine, Some Kind Of Tiger had to be driven out by Michael Kinane to land the odds by half a length from John Oxx’s front-running Kossu.

Johnny Murtagh, who was just denied in that race, went one better half an hour later as Elasouna, a full sister to the Moyglare Stud Stakes winner, Edabiya, got up in the dying strides to make a successful debut at the expense of the favourite Twogoodreasons.

English import Camargue scored for the third time in the hands of Wayne Smith in the Golf & Leisure Handicap, delighting his young first season trainer Mark Loughnane whose team has expanded from just six horses to 20 on the strength of his skilful placing of the son of Pivotal.

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