Pleasure at last for O'Brien

By Alan Magee

Sat 5th Jan 2013, 15:38
Wilde Wit Pleasure is flanked by rider Davy Condon and trainer Sean O'Brien
Wilde Wit Pleasure is flanked by rider Davy Condon and trainer Sean O'Brien
(Healy Racing Photos)
Wilde Wit Pleasure, whose only previous win was also at this venue in a maiden hurdle, ended a losing run stretching back over three years when taking the featured 2m4f McCarthy Insurance Group Handicap Chase.

The ten-year-old, who certainly didn’t go unbacked having been 20/1 in the morning and further clipped from 10/1 to 8/1 on track, was patiently ridden by Davy Condon.

Sporting blinkers for the first time on his initial outing in a handicap, the bottom weight was produced to challenge two out.

The Sean O’Brien-trained gelding got the better of the exchanges in the air at the last with Jack Bene (7/1), and kept on under pressure on the run-in to score by two lengths.

Our Girl Lucy (13/2) held every chance before weakening to finish a further ten lengths back in third.

O’Brien said, “I have to thank (handicapper) Noel O’Brien as it’s the first time he’s been given a chance. He’s been crucified with his hurdle mark for years and I couldn’t believe he got a rating of 110 over fences, which is a mark we could work with.

“His run at Leopardstown left him spot on. He’s a tough horse to get fit.”

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes

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