Review Thurles 3rd Jan

Thu 3rd Jan 2013, 16:50

Briar Hill pulls clear of his rivals
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Call The Police came out best in a thrilling battle with Foildubh to land the feature Beamish Stout Phil Sweeney Memorial Chase at Thurles.

Willie Mullins' 10-year-old, third in last season's RSA Chase at Cheltenham, was sent off the 2-7 favourite and hit the front after the fifth-last following two errors from long-time leader Odonimee.

Ruby Walsh made the best of his way home, but Paul Carberry always had him in his sights on market rival Foildubh and after a duel all the way up the straight,p>Call The Police found just enough to prevail by half a length.

Mullins and Walsh were expected to follow up in the Devil's Bit Beginners Chase with 1-2 favourite Cadspeed, who was seeking compensation for a last-fence fall with the race in the bag at Clonmel last time.

But the 10-year-old proved a major disappointment, finding nothing when tackled in the straight and fading into third as Brian O'Connell swept past on Philip Fenton's Pineau De Re (8-1), who held Stony Grey Soil's charge by a head.

The champion trainer secured his double when highly regarded 1-5 favourite Briar Hill, with his son Patrick in the plate, cleared away in the final furlong to take the Holycross Flat Race by seven lengths.

The Eugene O'Sullivan-trained Rocknrollrambo (7-1), twice second in points last month, led three out and galloped on strongly under Paddy Kennedy to hold Mimi And Bow by three and a half lengths in the Maiden Hurdle.

Christy Roche's Stop The Clock (6-1) stepped forward from her Navan debut run to take the Cashel Mares Maiden Hurdle in the JP McManus colours, asserting between the final two flights for Alan Crowe and winning by three and a half lengths.

Ben Dalton made a decisive move after the third-last on Pat Lynch's veteran Moving On in the Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle and the 20-1 shot stormed clear before coasting in by six lengths.

Battaash v Lady Aurelia

Following his breath-taking four length victory in the 2017 running of the Prix de L’Abbaye, it is difficult to envisage that any horse can beat Battaash over 5 furlongs when in that sort of form. It was a stunning performance where he made Group 1 sprinters look ordinary. A field that included the Nunthorpe Stakes winner Marsha in behind. So can he confirm himself as the top sprinter around or will it be another Royal Ascot success for the American speedster Lady Aurelia when the pair clash next month? Here we look at each horses credentials heading in to one of the most anticipated clashes of the season. You can see the latest betting on Royal Ascot now in which Star Sports currently make Battaash 11/4 favourite ahead of 3/1 Lady Aurelia to win the King Stand Stakes on 19th June.