Mangan Keeps Russell At Bay

Thu 21st Feb 2013, 15:57

Blazing Sonnet and Jane Mangan hold off the Davy Russell-ridden Angelas Money The concession of a stone proved the undoing of the gambled-on Angelas Money (5/1 this morning into 5/2) as Jane Mangan excelled on the favourite, Blazing Sonnet, the half a length victor of the Demesne Maiden Hurdle at Clonmel.

Equipped with cheek-pieces for the first-time, Blazing Sonnet proved to be too tough a rival for Angelas Money, after a great battle between the pair up the straight.

Davy Russell was without irons on Angelas Money from the last. Regardless of that it seems like there was just no way past Blazing Sonnet on this occasion as the consistent sort shed her maiden tag at the eleventh attempt.

Winning owner/trainer/breeder Willie Austin said: "I don't know where she'll go now as I don't think she's that well-treated in handicaps although she might win one with Jane's 7Ib claim.

"She gave her a brilliant ride there – she's a great 7Ib claimer – but it's not easy to get her (so much in demand)." (TW & EM)

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

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