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Gary Carson

Gary Carson

Bennett lands Joe McGrath in style

Sat 24th Sep 2022, 16:22

Gordon Bennett and Gary Carroll Gordon Bennett and Gary Carroll
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Gordon Bennett burst through in the final furlong to run out a convincing winner of the Joe McGrath Handicap at the Curragh for local handler Dick Brabazon.

The Prince Of Lir gelding was held up in the five furlong dash by Gary Carroll before being asked to take closer order over a furlong from home.

He hit the front in the last 100 yards and the 4/1 shot was soon in control to record a length-and-a-quarter win over 11/4 favourite Curraheen Princess

It was a third win of the season for the four-year-old who had been a close fifth in the Bold Lad Handicap on his last visit to the course.

“This fella can't go into a stable and we have a companion with him who goes into the stable and Gordon puts his head over and we're able to saddle him,” said Brabazon.

“I think he is getting more professional. I'd love to be able to travel the horse, because he's got into that class now, but it's not easy to organise.

“Luckily the Curragh has a pile of races for him so he might spend his whole career here.

“People love the name and he's always too short a price. The fella that he was called after was a mad man in America.

“His father founded the New York Times and he spent all the money. He founded the Gordon Bennett race which is still commemorated here.

“The horse walks over the Gordon Bennett race course everyday going to work. There is a sign coming up the hill here, the Gordon Bennett route.

“We've decided that's it for the year. He's had a great time and there is nothing left.

“These sprinters seem to get better with age and he's not heavily raced. We'll spend the winter building him up and he could just be stronger again.

“The great thing is that he's learning to behave a bit. Gary said he was never as calm as today and we noticed it in the yard too. A lot of the quirkiness might be going out of him.”

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