Anna one for the bookies & O'Connor/Murphy
Dante Anna and Conor Murphy clear the last before going on to win at Gowran
(Healy Racing Photos)
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)
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.