O'Connell Earns The Plaudits On Urban Gale

Wed 14th Nov 2012, 14:58

Urban Gale (nearside), Rookery Rebel (centre) & Clancy Strand (green & gold) battle it out
©Healy Racing Photos
Folks involved with both Urban Gale and Clancy Strand could be seen right near the action as the pair battled it out in a rousing conclusion to the Bingo Handicap Chase at Downpatrick and trainer Philip Rothwell was the one smiling when the outcome was revealed, as his charge, the first-mentioned, prevailed by a nose.

Brian O'Connell was strong on the victorious City Honours gelding and indeed he was safe and secure in the plate too as Urban Gale made more than one mistake.

It was hardly surprising then to hear Rothwell say: "Brian did a great job to get him around and in contention. He's strong in the finish too.

"That horse isn't the cleverest jumper in the world so we have to keep him to the smaller tracks.

"Gavin (Kinch, winning owner) is from Gorey in Wexford and it's great to get a winner for him as he was at my open day ten years ago and my recent one as well." (MG & EM)

Will there be another Irish winner at Aintree?

A lot has been said recently about the fact that the Irish contingent at Cheltenham tend to stoke up the fires of Anglo-Irish needle with their flag waving and chest beating due to our incredible success in recent years. As pointed out previously, this is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun that some folk on both sides of the Irish Sea take a little too seriously.

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