Score Creates Big Impression At Ballinaboola

Mon 13th Nov 2017, 13:43

Know The Score and Harley Dunne pictured on their way to victory By Donal Murphy
Know The Score put in an impressive performance to take the first division of the Horse And Hound Hotel 4yo Maiden at Ballinaboola point-to-point on Sunday.

Sean Doyle's son of Flemensfirth battled it out for favouritism in the betting ring with the Colin Bowe-trained Danny Whizzbang, but there was only one winner out on the course.

Ridden by Harley Dunne, the successful bay raced in mid-division before improving into a close second from four out.

He got to the front shortly after the next and was ridden out from there, going on to score by six lengths from fellow newcomer Senior Citizen.

Doyle, who had the likes of Holywell, The Last Samuri and Invitation Only in their early days, revealed in the aftermath: "This is as good a horse I've had in a long time.

"He was nearly right to run last season but just got a little bit weak. He is from a very good family and is such an easy horse to do anything with. He jumps for fun and is very settled, he is a real easy ride.

"We couldn't believe when we bought him, we gave a good price for him but when the hammer dropped, we thought it was for nothing.

"He is a Flemensfirth out of a Sadler's Wells mare, and they are as scarce as hen's teeth. If this lad doesn't go the whole way to the top I really don't know what you need. He'll head for the sales now."

Clondaw's Answer is also sales-bound after he made all under Shane Fitzgerald in the second divide.

A faller on his debut at Cragmore in February, the Michael Goff-trained son of Ask finished sixth at Kirkistown the following month.

Sent straight to the front by Fitzgerald, he galloped his rivals into the ground, coming home six lengths clear of the John Nallen-trained Minella Mystics, who ran a nice race on debut.

Goff said: "The first day he fell at the second-last in Cragmore when holding every chance, I thought he was going to win it.

"The second day he ran up in the north, and at that time the horses at home were sick. We put him out in the field after that.

"He is a right horse, he gallops and jumps. He was idling in front and Shane said he was hoping something would go with him, but he finished up with plenty left.

"I bought him as a yearling at Tattersalls. I've loved him from day one, he is a big, fine, good-looking horse.

"He is sales-bound now and I like him a lot. He might end up at Cheltenham (Brightwells) on Friday night."

Updates on Shortall & Brassil

Shane Shortall should be back in the saddle at the weekend despite having a nasty-looking fall at Navan on Sunday.

THE IRISH TIMES