Cottesloe Scores On Handicap Debut

Fri 14th Dec 2012, 21:17

Cottesloe
©Healy Racing Photos
By Gary Carson
Cottesloe came from last to first to land the spoils in the first division of the mile and a half handicap at Dundalk.

Declan McDonogh switched his mount out two furlongs from home and started to make ground up.

There were plenty in with chances going into the final furlong but Charles O'Brien's charge hit the front in the last 100 yards.

The Teofilo gelding was going away at the finish to post a two-and-a-quarter length verdict over Bensoon.

The 11/1 winner was making his debut in handicap company after hinting at ability in maidens.

O'Brien wasn't on hand to greet his winner afterwards.

Fran Berry returned to the saddle tonight for the first time since a bad fall at Clonmel in September.

Progressive hurdler Mulleady was sent off 2/1 favourite here to give him a winner but could only finish twelfth.

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.

THE IRISH TIMES