Dressedtothenines' Win Marred By Loss Of Apt

Wed 20th Feb 2013, 15:15

Dressedtothenines with Eddie Harty
©Healy Racing Photos
By Thomas Weekes
The Festival Any Day Flexi-Ticket Hurdle at Punchestown today, which was won by the Eddie Harty trained Dressedtothenines, was unfortunately marred by the fatal fall of Grade 2 winning chaser Apt Approach.

Mount Colah made the running in the five runner race with Dressedtothenines, under a well judged ride from Niall 'Sippers' Madden, settled behind the leader in second. Apt Approach, a seven time winner and winner of last season's Grade 2 Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles, was racing in third place when taking a fatal fall at the fourth last flight.

Early in the home straight, Dressedtothenines moved pastp>Mount Colah and the mare stayed on well from there for an 11 lengths win.

Afterwards Harty reported “I'm sorry for Willie (Mullins, trainer of Apt Approach) and it's not a nice way to win.

“Dressedtothenines is a nice mare and seems to be back to herself. I spotted this race a while ago and if we can find something similar it would be great - she ran well at Clonmel the last day where she came up against a very good mare (Annie Power).”

Quotes from Alan Magee

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