Charlie Too Strong For Salley

Sun 6th Jan 2013, 15:04

Charlie's Vic (2nd from right) jumps the last with Mae's Choice (farside), Carrig Millie and Our Girl Salley Point-to-point winner Charlie's Vic has always been a good mare and on her first start over racecourse fences the daughter of Old Vic justified the confidence of those that backed her into 15/2 from 10s for the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Beginners Chase at Naas.

Odds-on favourite Our Girl Salley again did nearly everything right here but not for the first-time since she went chasing a doughty rival just held her off on the run for home, Charlie's Vic in this case prevailing by a neck.

Noel Kelly trains the Derek Fox-ridden Charlie's Vic and he said: "I always thought chasing was going to be her game. I thought it was a brilliant ride – he dropped out and did what he was told as he always does.

"He came late and timed it well. I think she was slightly over the top when she ran at Punchestown in the spring and we had plenty of confidence in her coming here today.

"We'll look for a mares novice chase for her now.

"The stable's in good form. We had two seconds earlier this week (Mighty Whitey and Cilliseal at Ayr on Wednesday)." (GC & EM)

Spirit tops at Naas

Many horses were supported for the Tipper Road Handicap Chase at Naas and the vast majority of the field had chances as they approached the second last.