Mark Nunan

Mark Nunan

Perseverance pays off for Musical Ava

Mon 29th Jun 2020, 18:42

Musical Ava and Martin Burke jump the last to win the Mullingar Handicap Hurdle
© Photo Healy Racing

There was a family success for the Burkes as Musical Ava (14/1) took the Mullingar Handicap Hurdle.

Trained in Holycross, Co. Tipperary by John Burke (also owned by him) and ridden by his brother Martin, the 8-y-o mare by Court Cave was always prominent and went on before the last for a three and a half length victory from Friary Gold.

7/2 favourite Clonguile Way finished back in ninth place.

It was a well-deserved first win for the mare on her 28th start, after a number of placed efforts over the last couple of seasons.

Winning trainer John Burke said:- “She deserves every bit of it, she's been unlucky.

“She was second twice last year and on her second last run she was only beaten a head at Tramore.

“Hopefully it's onwards and upwards from here.”

Additional reporting by Gary Carson

1st
14/1
Tote €11.20 €6.30
2nd
3.5L
5/1
€2.90
3rd
0.5L
16/1
€6.40
4th
0.5L
18/1
bf
2.25L
7/2Fav

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