Count Salazar wins thriller at Tramore

By Michael Graham

Mon 31st Dec 2012, 15:59
Count Salazar over the last in front of Torremuelle
Count Salazar over the last in front of Torremuelle
(Healy Racing Photos)
The tricky camera angle at Tramore found out exchange punters betting on the photo finish as Torremuelle was backed down to 1/4 to be called the winner, but he lost by a nose to Count Salazar in the handicap chase.

There was drama on the approach to two out as 4/5 favourite Ponmeworld slipped up on the bend when racing third. This left Count Salazar to try and outlast Torremuelle.

A slow jump at the last by the leader Count Salazar allowed Torremuelle and Ben Dalton in and it looked like he had prevailed in a driving finish to the line but Count Salazar and Shay Barry on the inside just held on at 7/1, having been weak in the betting ring from 5/1.

“I thought he was beaten. He had great point-to-point form, but he lost his way a bit. His confidence will be back after that," Count Salazar's trainer Eoin Doyle said.

“He’ll go for another handicap chase now. He loves that ground.”

< Torremuelle was second at 16/1 and the pair were well clear of Urban Gale in third also at 16/1.

Ponmeworld was found to be ok, but winded after the race.

Ben Dalton was given a three-day ban for using his whip above the shoulder on runner-up Torremuelle.

(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)