Blue Ridge foils gamble on Road
(Healy Racing Photos)
As is so often the case in these types of races, there was a hard luck story, as the runner-up, Casimir Road had to be switched to the outside to deliver his challenge.
Michael Grassick junior's runner, with Niall McCullagh up, had been supported from around 14/1 this morning into 5/1. He kept on well but he couldn't peg back Blue Ridge Lane, going down by a length and a quarter.
Odds-on in the morning, El Salvador went off at 5/4 for the email@example.com Maiden in the face of supporter for the likes of Absolutlyfantastic (10s earlier on into half that price). There was no disputing which horse was superior from over a furlong out though as El Salvador (Joseph O'Brien got a 3 day whip ban in the previous race) raced to a four and a half length success.