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)

Will there be another Irish winner at Aintree?

A lot has been said recently about the fact that the Irish contingent at Cheltenham tend to stoke up the fires of Anglo-Irish needle with their flag waving and chest beating due to our incredible success in recent years. As pointed out previously, this is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun that some folk on both sides of the Irish Sea take a little too seriously.

THE IRISH TIMES