Lookoutnow Does It With Ease

Tue 1st Jan 2013, 13:58

Lookoutnow is clear on the run to the last from Raven's Feather in second
©Healy Racing Photos
By Donal Murphy
The Eoin Doyle trained 4/6 favourite Lookoutnow won the Curran South East Cleaners Handicap Hurdle in the manner an odds-on shot should.

The 8yo son of Beneficial faced just three rivals in the 2m 5f contest with four of the eight declared coming out this morning.

Ridden by Mikey Butler (his first winner since his claim was reduced to three pounds) he led and disputed the lead with Raven’s Feather before he went for home before the second last.

He went clear between the last two flights and he stayed on well from there to record a very easy thirteen length success.

The Liz Doyle trained Raven’s Feather just hung on for second under Brian O’Connell at 6/1 while the 9/4 second favourite Kilnafrehanstar was a short head back in third under Paul Townend for John Kiely.

Eoin Doyle said afterwards: "On form he was entitled to win. He is well in over hurdles compared to his chase mark (117 to 102).

"He might for for a handicap chase now at Gowran on Thyestes Day."

(Additional reportung by Alan Magee)

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.