The Sneaky Punter and Nina Carberry beating Allardyce
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By Alan Magee
Experience proved the key in the Cheltenham Crazy Prices At Coral.ie (Pro-Am) Flat Race as The Sneaky Punter, the only one with two previous outings, adapted best to the testing conditions at Limerick.
Nina Carberry was partnering the winner of this four-year-olds’ bumper for the third successive year, and the 11 runners here were well strung out at the finish.
Boxing Clever set a strong early pace but was a spent force before the top of the back straight as The Sneaky Punter, well-backed on track from 5/1 into 7/2, took over.
The 2/1 favourite The Granson also weakened quickly at this point, and it was left to Allardyce to provide the chief threat.
However the Mick Mulvany-trained gelding stayed on dourly for Carberry to prevail by a length and a half.
There was a yawning gap of 19 lengths back to The Irregular in third.
The victory was a boost to the form of Aspen Colorado who beat the winner by over 11 lengths at Leopardstown last time.
Mulvany said, "The race at Leopardstown came a bit early for him but the form is there and it was a very good bumper run in a very fast time.
"He's a fabulous big horse who can do anything and if the right offer came in, he'd be sold - every horse has a price! I'm delighted for his owner, my neighbour Paddy Rogers (Grange Racing Syndicate)."
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