ARGUABLY the most impressive winner of the three days at Killarney came last night when Charles Byrnes’ Solwhit toyed with the opposition in the Racegoers’ Club Race.
Confidently handled by Seamus Heffernan, the four-year-old, backed from a little 6-4 to evens, cruised into the lead with more than two furlongs to run and only had to be kept up to his work to beat Sivota by three and a half lengths.
Commented Byrnes: “That was impressive, I liked the way he did it. The plan at the moment is for him to go out on grass and come back in the autumn over hurdles.”
At Killarney on Sunday, Byrnes’ Bodalboy suffered an injury, after the winning post, following a hugely impressive display in the Bumper.
“He has done a ligament at the back of his knee and, hopefully, will be back at Christmas’, reported the trainer.
“That’s a nice surprise“. remarked Tom Cooper, after his Missoni had won the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle at odds of 33-1 and almost 118-1 on the tote. Presenting Proform gave an exhibition of jumping at the front and looked all over a winner for most of the straight.
But Sean McDermott never gave up on Missoni and had his reward close home, forcing the mare up to score by a short head.
“She had a wind operation, but cut out in three races and we waited on better ground”, reported Cooper.
“She is crying out for fences.”
John Long, who trains between Adare and Askeaton and has held a licence for two years, enjoyed a second success when Caher Lass ran away with the ladbrokes.com Handicap ‘Chase.
She shot clear for Stephen Gray before three out, crossing the line ten lengths to the good over Loughanalteen.
“She was jumping her hurdles too big and, hopefully, will win a couple of more of these”, said Long.
Incidentially, he will be a holding a dispersal sale of much of his stock, 72 horses to be precise, at Limerick racecourse on Saturday week.
Davy Russell took a crashing fall off Keep’nitreal at the third fence and was removed to hospital with a suspected broken wrist.
The Tom Hogan-trained Chevie got the best of a desperate last furlong tussle with Song In My Heart in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Median Auction Maiden.
Song In My Heart tried to make all, but for much of the last three furlongs it seemed a case of when Fran Berry pounced on the eventual winner.
In the end, however, Berry had to throw everything at his charge to get up in the final stride and win by a short head.
Tom Hogan said of his gelding: “He’s green and still a big baby.
“Hopefully, he will improve and could go for a conditions race or a handicap.’
Declan McDonogh was seen at his best aboard Thomond O’Mara’s Castle Bar Sling in the Cahernane House Hotel Handicap.
Despite a slipped saddle soon after the start, McDonogh drove the son of Diesis into the lead a furlong and a half out to score by a comfortable two lengths.
“He just didn’t handle the ground at Ballinrobe the last day and will now head for something similar”, reported O’Mara.
Andrew McNamara, whose horses have been struggling to find some form, struck with 20-1 shot Reen Princess in the O’Keeffe, O’Shea, O’Connor Solicitors’ Handicap.
Partnered by Emmet McNamara, son of Eric, but no relation to thewinning handler, Reen Princess got the best of a sustained duel with Wesaidneveragain from the furlong pole.
“That’s a welcome relief, she was very unlucky a few times last season“,said trainer-McNaamara.
Philip Rothwell’s Zitenka made a good start over fences when landing the Seamus Weldon Novice ‘Chase.
Taken to the front over the third last by Shane Jackson, he was all out in the closing stages to hold Moscow Breeze and Reisk Superman.
“He jumped well and it’s great to have another winner,” said Rothwell.
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