Count Salazar wins thriller at Tramore
Count Salazar over the last in front of Torremuelle
(Healy Racing Photos)
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.”
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)