Taglietelle And Kennedy Not For Beating

Fri 20th Nov 2015, 19:22

Taglietelle and Jack Kennedy beat Eye Of The Tiger and Caroline Murtagh
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Strong 5/4 favourite Taglietelle had his rider Jack Kennedy asking for more from over four furlongs out in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap at Dundalk. Kennedy had a willing partner in the Tagula gelding though, as Gordon Elliott's charge eventually obliged by a length and a quarter.

Sharjah gave it a good go from the front in this two miler, and himself and admirable veteran He'llberemembered looked possible winners at different stages.

However it was a case of when the going gets tough the tough get going for Taglietelle in the final quarter mile.

The Dundalk first-timer led inside the last for a length and a quarter win over Eye Of The Tiger.

"He only just does what he has to. He's such a consistent horse and that's seven he's won for us now," said assistant trainer Olly Murphy.

"With Jack's claim he was running off 73 so he was probably well in. The conditions suited here and also the ground is so soft on grass at the minute. If there was something similar he might come back.

"Jack was calm on him and gave him a good ride. He's a very good young lad and the 5lb claim is very valuable.

"He's a real fun horse and will be competitive at all those spring festivals. He wants better ground and has plenty of ability."

(GC & EM)

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