The Robert Tyner-trained Embracing Change is virtually unbeatable at Dromahane and the seven-year-old recorded his fifth victory at the popular north Cork venue at yesterday’s Kanturk – Duhallow meeting by destroying the opposition in a vintage renewal of the open.
Embracing Change (5/4), also successful here two weeks previously, was always well positioned as Kilty Storm and Glantara cut out the running. With runner-up Glantara edging ahead from the third last of the 15 obstacles, the eventual winner eased into second spot for Derek O’Connor at the penultimate fence and he stormed to the front on the approach to the final fence to thwart Lois Chappell’s charge by four lengths. The veteran Mr Dominator posted his normal creditable effort by returning a distance adrift in third spot.
“He’s probably finished with points now and we will go for a hunters chase next,” reported Embracing Change’s owner/breeder Finbarr O’Neill.
Glantara’s rider Pat Collins was the only individual to partner two winners and the Castlemartyr native will have been buoyed his success aboard his father Matt’s Bothar Na Mias (6/1) in the first division of the mares’ winners of one. Bothar Na Mias, so impressive when making all the running at Dawstown on May 7th, gave an exhibition of fencing at the head of affairs and she never saw another horse as she galloped clear from two out to beat favourite Takemetotheisland by eight lengths. A hurdling campaign is now on the agenda for Bothar Na Mias.
Collins earlier opened his account aboard Shay Slevin’s Ash Rowe (7/1) in the first instalment of the five-year-old geldings’ maiden. Ash Rowe, who was having a fifth career start, readily took up the running at the second last and he powered clear in the closing stages to beat Dr Dreamy by three lengths in the colours of his handler’s Athlone-based patron Michelle Ryan.
Eugene O’Sullivan saddled two winners and his Hand On Bach (6/1) created a hugely-favourable impression by winning the second division of the four-year-old geldings’ maiden. The Tomas Frisby-owned Hand On Bach, a creditable sixth to Fox Run on his debut at Ballindenisk three weeks previously, took up the running on the approach to the second last with the victorious bay then accelerating clear before the last to dismiss Killough Kin by six lengths.
O’Sullivan doubled up courtesy of the five-year-old Oh Toodles (6/1) in the confined hunt maiden. Oh Toodles was sent to the front by Newmarket amateur Turlough O’Connor, a nephew of the geldings’ owner Fergus O’Connor’s wife Irene Walsh, from the second last to see off Lord Heathfield by three lengths. Oh Toodles will be now offered at the Doncaster Horses-In-Training sale later this month.
Similarly bound for Doncaster is James Motherway’s Nordic Run (5/2) who benefited from an opportunistic piece of riding from Damian Murphy to win the second part of the five-year-old geldings’ maiden. Nordic Run, representing Jim Clarke who also started off former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Looks Like Trouble in points with Donie Hassett, made his way through to lead on the inner before the fourth last and the son of Runyon bravely maintained the tempo in the closing stages to beat promising newcomer Rimmy Creek by three parts of a length.
Hook Head-based handler Pierce Power sent out his very first winner in the form of Tick Tocker (8/1) in the first division of the four-year-old maiden. The Beat Hollow-sired Tick Tocker, who fell three out on his debut in the most competitive maiden won by Dreams Of Milan at this same venue on April 15th, went to the head of affairs with 19-year-old Roderic Kavanagh before the final fence to dispose of the well-touted newcomer Internationalapeal by three lengths.
Jennifer Lee from Lees Cross near Ballingarry in west Co Limerick similarly was credited with her initial career success courtesy of ex-track performer Gurteen Lass (8/1- 6/1) in the second division of the five and six-year-old mares’ maiden. Gurteen Lass took up the running clearly travelling best with Roger Quinlan on the run to the final fence and she duly fought off Tell Me Lucy by two lengths.
Elaine Plamer’s Dedoctorsdaughter (9/4) vindicated the promise of her runner-up effort behind Zarzamora here last month by returning to the coveted number one slot in the first section of this same contest. Dedoctorsdaughter, sporting the colours of Brendan McInerney from Co Clare, was always well positioned and whilst none too clever at the final fence, she still beat Rebel Warrior by a length to provide her 21-year-old Abbeyknockmoy-born rider Declan Collins with a third career success.
The relatively lightly-raced seven-year-old Our Ned (5/1) stepped up from her most recent second-placed effort behind Milanabbey at Borris House last month by capturing the second part of the mares’ winners of one under Richie Harding. Our Ned, trained by Blackwater-based Adrian O’Leary for his aunt Celine Lambert and her son Andrew Pritchard, gamely came a second time to lead on the flat en-route to accounting for Top Shot by one and a half lengths.
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