Oscar outstays rivals in style

Tue 1st Jan 2013, 13:55

photoWise Oscar and Bryan Cooper are clear jumping the last
©Healy Racing Photos
By Gary Carson
Stamina proved the key for Wise Oscar as he ran out an easy winner of the 2m6f handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse.

The well-backed 6/4 favourite (from 9/4) was pushed along three from home but found top gear in the straight, under Bryan Cooper.

Dessie Hughes' charge took over from front-runner Playing at the second last and soon asserted.

The Oscar gelding could afford to cruise home in the closing stages to post an eight-length win over Miss Xian, who kept on for the runner-up spot.

The winner had chased home runaway winner Bog Warrior in a handicap hurdle here last month on his first start since joining Hughes' yard.

“He goes on that very heavy ground – very few do,” said Hughes.

“There might be another one in him. He can run over fences as well as he's won a chase. When horses get to this age they improve for a change of scene – get a new lease of life.

“He was never really on it (bridle) but goes in that heavy ground and just keeps going while the others stopped.”

Milborough scores despite long absence

Despite being off the track for 402 days, the Charles Byrnes trained Milborough was sent off the 5/2 joint favourite for the Waterford & Tramore Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle, and he duly obliged under Davy Russell.