Katie & Jacksons make a great team

Wed 26th Dec 2012, 14:55

photoKatie Walsh salutes the crowd after crossing the line in front aboard Jacksonslady
©Healy Racing Photos
By Donal Murphy
Jacksonslady landed a big pot for her trainer Philip Dempsey as she took the Racing Post All You Need For Irish Racing Handicap Chase under Katie Walsh.

Sent off at 7/1 (was 12/1 this morning with Paddy Powers), the consistent 7yo daughter of Jackson's Drift, raced in mid-division in the early stages before making progress at the third last.

She was third at the second last and jumped the last disputing the lead with On The Way Out.

She soon hit the front and kept on well on the run-in to record a comfortable three length win over Rubert in second at 16/1 for Denis Cullen and Eddie O’Connell.

On The Way Out finished third just a nose back under Danny Mullins for John Kiely at 10/1 while Glibin was fourth, two and a quarter lengths back at 14/1 under Harley Dunne for Colin Bowe.

Dunne was subsequently given a six-day ban for careless riding following an incident entering the straight where David Casey was unseated from Senior Again.

Philip Dempsey said afterwards: "That was great. We know she is well handicapped now, we didn’t know that beforehand!

"She had some very solid runs and Katie gave her a great ride. Every jockey that rode her said that she needed better ground but Katie said that she handled it well today.

"She is not EBF qualified which rules her out of all the mares races. We might go back for a novice race now or the mares hurdle if Willie decides to go the other way with Quevega."

(Additional reporting by Gary Carson)

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