18+ | Commercial Content | T&Cs apply | Wagering and T&Cs apply | Play Responsibly | Advertising Disclosure

A Mere Bagatelle lands a touch for 'Shark'

Simon Torrens calls for a cab on A Mere Bagatelle
Simon Torrens calls for a cab on A Mere Bagatelle
© Photo Healy Racing

‘Shark’ Hanlon’s horses are definitely hitting form and he landed the featured Entegro Handicap Chase with A Mere Bagatelle

Being 4lb out of the handicap didn’t deter supporters of the 8/1 winner (from 20s this morning) and he made all under Simon Torrens.

The race was in the bag coming to the last but it nearly went all wrong there when he clouted the fence and Torrens almost went out the side door, but the jockey regained his balance and the six-year-old went on to beat Broken Ice by an eased-down seven lengths.

“Apart from the last he jumped brilliant," said Hanlon.

“Everyone told me he wanted soft ground and we ran him all winter. I rang the owner six weeks ago and told him I have the horse in and he said are you mad!

“We said we’d give him one go on goodish ground and if it don’t work we’ll let him back out.

“He’ll be tipping around now for the summer and he could go for something like the Galway Blazers. He’ll stay galloping all day.”

Quotes from Alan Magee

About Mark Nunan
Mark has followed racing since he was a teenager and worked for many years as a broadcaster with the Irish version of Racecall. He joined the Press Association in 2019 and is also a contributor to the Racing Post. A native of Kildare, he now lives in Sligo.