Clashnabrook Completes Great Day For Punters

Sat 24th Nov 2012, 16:19

Clashnabrook jumps the last ahead of Rakamasi
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By Donal Murphy
The Eoghan O’Grady trained Clashnabrook completed a fabulous day for favourite backers at Gowran as the well backed son of Alderbrook took the last on the card, the Irish Racing Yearbook Handicap Chase, in convincing fashion.

Having opened at 7/2 with Paddy Powers this morning he opened on track at just 5/2 and was heavily backed into 7/4 favourite at the off.

Ridden by Phillip Enright, the 7yo gelding carried just 9-10 (rated 84 over fences compared to his mark of 110 over hurdles) and raced in mid-division for much of the contest.

He made headway approaching the straight to go fourth and he disputed the lead before the second last.

He soon hit the front and was driven out and kept on well on the run-in to score by four and a half lengths at the line from top weight Character Actor in second at 12/1 under Martin Ferris.

The veteran Rakamasi ran well to finish a further length and a quarter back in third under Adrian Heskin for Michael McElhone at 10/1.

Eoghan O'Grady said afterwards: "He is a fine big horse and he jumped well. He loves that ground and he will go for something similar around Christmas time. Phillip gave him a good positive ride.

"I have ten in at the moment and I had a double at Affane point-to-point last weekend."

(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)

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