Anna One For The Bookies & O'Connor/Murphy

Thu 13th Dec 2012, 15:46

Dante Anna and Conor Murphy clear the last before going on to win at Gowran
©Healy Racing Photos
The 15th of May 1999 was the last time Ramsgrange, County Wexford handler Richard O'Connor found himself at the number one berth on the racecourse, but he was unexpectedly back in the coveted spot after Dante Anna's 33/1 victory in the Gowran Park Racing Club 2013 Maiden Hurdle.

A daughter of Anshan, Dante Anna had only shown snippets of form in the past and here she was the toast of the bookmakers as she foiled a gamble on Gortroe (14s this morning into 4s), going on from before the last to prevail by seven lengths.

Amateur rider Conor Murphy, son of the winning owner, Laurence, was in the plate. It was the twenty three year old's first winner.

Meanwhile O'Connor only renewed his licence last year having let it lapse for eight or ten years.

Coincidently enough Dante Anna's dam, Lady Of Grange won five races herself, including on this date in 1997. (TW & EM)

O'Connor off the mark on the track

One leading layers quote of 9/2 about Sherika last night, was obviously viewed as manna from heaven by some punters, as she returned 13/8 for the Gowran Park Thanks All Its Customers In 2012 Mares Handicap Hurdle. She duly got the job done in style to get Derek O'Connor's sister-in-law, Grainne O'Connor off the mark as a trainer under Rules.