Review wexford 7th Jun

Wed 7th Jun 2017, 20:40

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Bentelimar made a triumphant return to action in the Carrickbyrne Novice Chase at Wexford.

Off since coming down in the ultra-competitive Coral.ie Handicap Chase at Leopardstown in January, Shay Barry's 11-4 chance was given time to find his feet in the early stages by Brian O'Connell.

He made rapid headway to track the front-running Dicosimo four out, though, and after taking it up on the run to the second-last, careered away to register a confidence-boosting 15-length verdict.

Coquin Mans proved his stamina for three miles with a decisive success in the Vinegar Hill Hurdle.

Ruby Walsh was content to watch on from the rear on the Willie Mullins-trained 4-6 favourite, who arrived with a French bumper win and a Limerick maiden hurdle victory to his name, and he was produced in the straight to dispose of Amaulino by two and three-quarter lengths.

The market principals came to the fore in the Welcome To Wexford Racecourse Maiden Hurdle, and Denham Sound proved that little bit too strong for Herminio.

Walsh was able to dictate terms to suit himself on the latter, and appeared to have kept something up his sleeve, but he couldn't match the strength of the 13-8 favourite on the run-in, and Charles Byrnes' filly prevailed by two and a quarter lengths.

Delayed Eloquence was all the rage for the Boolavogue Mares Maiden Hurdle and seemingly had no excuses as she was outfought by Regal D'Argent (20-1).

Davy Russell had it all his own way in front on the even-money favourite, butp>Delayed Eloquence couldn't pick up again when pressed and Regal D'Argent beat her by three-quarters of a length.

Last week's Tramore runner-up Sir Jack Yeats went one better in the Oulart Handicap Hurdle (Div 1) as the 15-8 favourite, and 5-1 shot Soul Season took the second division.

Ricky Doyle gave Prosperity Square (8-1) a positive ride in the Rosslare Handicap Chase and he was rewarded with a 16-length win.

Might Bite To Prove His Worth Next Season

There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.

THE IRISH TIMES