Canaly equally at home over hurdles

By Michael Graham

Mon 31st Dec 2012, 15:06
Canaly (far side) leads Mallowney over the last
Canaly (far side) leads Mallowney over the last
(Healy Racing Photos)
Canaly switched back to hurdles to great effect in Punchestown when staying on well to land the two and a half mile handicap hurdle with Bryan Cooper in the saddle.

He had been chasing and picked up a win just over two weeks ago in a beginners’ chase at Fairyhouse, but the smaller obstacles were negotiated just as well today for a length and three parts victory.

Dessie Hughes was the successful trainer and he said: “He was good the last day when he won his beginners’ chase. It was a question of where to go at this time of year as the novices are so hot.

“He had dropped him a bit over hurdles from what he was at at his best. It was a chance to win another one with him.

“Hopefully he’ll be able to compete in the novices (chases) later in Spring.”

The winner went off at 9/1 (from 12s in early trading). Mallowney picked up a runners-up prize at 25/1 while Call Rog, the 2/1 favourite, occupied the third berth.

This winner gave Dessie Hughes an across-the-card double after Chasing Shadows justified 6/4 favouritism in the opener at Tramore.

(Additional reporting by Gary Carson)

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