50/1 Double For Bryan Cooper At Clonmel

Thu 21st Feb 2013, 16:27

Left to right, Belle Brook, Canaly (winner), Miradane and Immediate Response
©Healy Racing Photos
Bryan Cooper completed a 50/1 Clonmel double when Canaly just prevailed in the Powerstown Chase.

Earlier a winner on Rathlin, Cooper forced Dessie Hughes' Canaly up on the line to short-head the gallant front-running mare, Belle Brook (a well-backed 5/1 chance).

The waited with favourite, Immediate Response could never get to the pace-setter and he had to settle for third, three lengths back.

Hughes trains Canaly for Michael Moore and he said: "He's going the right way and hopefully there's another one in him.

"Two and a half miles is his trip and he probably wants better ground.

"Two years ago when he was really right, he won on faster ground at Gowran and he was at his most impressive then.

"He disappointed last year. He wasn't right but we never really found out what was wrong with him." (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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