Warne turns over another odds-on fav'

Sat 23rd Feb 2013, 16:26

photoWarne and Mikey Fogarty
©Healy Racing Photos
By Thomas Weekes
The epidemic of recent beaten odds-on shots in Ireland is developing into a pandemic for punters with Tammy Hill (4/6f) the ninth beaten odds-on 'jolly' this week, behind winner Warne, in the John McCarthy Memorial Hunters Chase at Fairyhouse today.

Tammys Hill, narrowly beaten by Foxhunters winner Salsify a fortnight ago, jumped to his left throughout the 2m5f trip and in the end victory went to the Brian Hamilton trained Warne, under Mikey Fogarty.

Hamilton wasn't present for the win but Fogarty, who recently returned from a long injured enforced layoff, stated “he (Warne) is such a bunny rabbit! He loved dropping back in trip today and I was trying to take him back all the time but he just kept making lengths everywhere and kept getting there.

“He travelled like the winner at Leopardstown but just didn't get home on the ground - he is a class horse when he is on song”

James Smyth, regular rider of Tammys Hill but suspended today (the gelding was ridden by Mark O'Hare) later said “he just didn't travel on the ground but is still on track for Cheltenham.”

Quotes from Gary Carson

Might Bite To Prove His Worth Next Season

There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.

THE IRISH TIMES