Review Clonmel 6th Dec

Thu 6th Dec 2012, 16:10

Dream Function took advantage of Cadspeed's fall at Clonmel's final fence
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There were dramatic scenes at Clonmel as Dream Function was gifted the Kilsheelan Beginners Chase after Cadspeed fell at the final fence.< Cadspeed was jumping for fun under Ruby Walsh and stretched clear soon after chasing debutant The Real Article crashed out with less than a circuit to travel.

Robbie Power was seemingly having to settle for second on Colm Murphy's Dream Function (6-1) with one to jump, but Cadspeed got it all wrong and the winner was left to coast home by 12 lengths from Mazuri Cowboy.

Crouching Harry upset Willie Mullins' Fatcatinthehat with a tenacious performance in the opening Powerstown 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle.

Eoin Doyle's youngster was having his fifth start over obstacles and was sent straight to the front by Michael Butler.

Walsh delivered Fatcatinthehat with a strong challenge coming to the last but the winner dug deep for a half-length success.

Glens Melody (1-8 favourite) made no mistake for the champion trainer with an effortless win under Pattrick Mullins in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle, while the father/son combination doubled up for the day when Ballycasey took the concluding Next Meeting Thursday February 7th (QR) Maiden Hurdle at odds of 4-6.

Playing took the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle on his first public outing in 542 days.

Tom Foley's French import was a well-supported 7-2 joint-favourite and didn't let his supporters down under Shane Butler.

The Clonmel Racecourse Supporters Club Only 85Euro Beginners Chase went to Ros Brin, ridden by Stephen Gray.

Tadhg loomed large on the turn for home but a brilliant jump at the last sealed victory for George Kingston's 3-1 favourite, who had six lengths to spare at the line.

Fever Pitch (7-1) left it late with a last-stride success for Arthur Moore and David Casey in the Fethard Handicap Chase.

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.

THE IRISH TIMES