Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Rebels to the fore in Cork

Sun 22nd Nov 2020, 14:39

Rebel Waltz shows his moves in Cork
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It was a rebel-dominated finish to the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Handicap Hurdle at Cork as Rebel Waltz took the spoils.

The Getaway gelding took a narrow lead as the field straightened for home and showed plenty of tenacity over the final two flights.

He was ridden by Danny Mullins to see off the challengers on the run-in and stuck to his task to score by three parts of a length at 8/1.

Rebel Early stayed on strongly to get up for second at 9/2, backed in from 7/1. Beyond The Law (9/1) was half a length further back in third.

Trainer TJ Nagle said: "The light weight was a big help to him because he is a narrow horse and it was a great ride from Danny.

"Everyone thinks he wants three miles but I think a real strong 2m4f is what he wants. I didn't think he'd handle the ground being so heavy but Danny said it was no bother.

"We'll look for something similar next."

The Stewards interviewed D.J. McInerney, rider of Beyond The Law, concerning his use of the whip in the closing stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Stewards found D. J.McInerney in breach of both Regulation 10.3.(g), excessive frequency and 10.3.(f), excessive force. Having considered D. J. McInerney's record in this regard, the Stewards suspended him for three race days.

The Stewards interviewed Thomas P.O'Connor, trainer of Lilshane, concerning the conduct of his charge who refused to race. Evidence was heard from the trainer concerned. Having considered the evidence and the animals previous record in this regard, the Stewards suspended Lilshane for 60 days in accordance with the provisions of Rule 14(iii).

Additional reporting by Tom Weekes

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