Across card double for de Bromhead

By Michael Graham

Sun 9th Dec 2012, 13:10
Starkie winning at Cork
Starkie winning at Cork
(Healy Racing Photos)
Starkie fended off Strategic Bid at the end of the two mile maiden hurdle at Cork to give Henry de Bromhead and Bryan Cooper a winner at 11/2.

The five-year-old gelding had run third on his seasonal comeback at Punchestown over two and a half miles a month ago, and stepped up on that form today.

Cooper sent him into the lead from flagfall and at the second last it looked like Strategic Bid (12/1) and John Cullen were going to get on terms. However, the pursuer clouted that flight which halted his momentum.

A good jump at the last secured victory forStarkie as Strategic Bid closed to within half a length at the finish without looking like getting there.

Winning jockey Bryan Cooper commented: “The last two jumps won it for him. He’s a real chaser in the making.”

Third-placed money went to 25/1 outsider Overbury Prince. The uneasy 13/8 favourite Shamar, who drifted out from 11/10, came in fourth beaten seven lengths in total.

This gave successful trainer Henry de Bromhead a quick-fire across the card double after Too Scoops won the Listed novice hurdle at Punchestown at 6/1.

(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)