Knock gets favourite backers off to perfect start
Knocklong under Alan Crowe jumps the last ahead of Face Value with the runner-up To The Sky in third
(Healy Racing Photos)
The son of Milan was having just his fourth run today, having finished third on his debut over hurdles at Gowran in February behind stablemate Ballynacree.
He then won his bumper at Naas in March before finishing fifth last time out in another bumper at Limerick behind Summer Star.
Having opened a general 7/2 shot this morning he was well supported and was returned the 7/4 favourite, having touched 2/1 on course.
Winning trainer Christy Roche said afterwards: "Alan gave him a good ride. I thought I had got chinned and I was glad to hear Dessie (Scahill) call him. I was due one of those to go right for me.
"If this weather keeps up we could keep him on the go. He is a lovely little horse and we just get what we can out of him.
"We might look for a winners of one for him now. Hopefully Noel O’Brien (the handicapper) isn’t too hard on him.
"He disappointed at Limerick and ran too bad to be true. He had run a cracker at Gowran (on his debut)."
Donal Murphy & Gary Carson
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