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Tom Weekes

Tom Weekes

Castle Oliver wins on handicap chase debut

Tue 14th Jan 2020, 14:17

Castle Oliver and Jody McGarvey jump the last
© Photo Healy Racing

Castle Oliver landed a morning price gamble to win the Easter Tickets Now On Sale Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse today as the J.P. McManus owned gelding further enhanced the form of Bapaume's beginners' chase win at Naas on December 16.

Naas straggler Castle Oliver, beaten 71L into 14th by Cheltenham festival fancy Bapaume, is now the fifth of the beaten horses to win a race on subsequent start.

Prior to today, the third, fifth and seventh placed runners had each won next-time while Fairyhouse's opening race winner Countess Cathleen filled sixth place in the Naas race.

Today Castle Oliver dropped down to handicap chase company for the first time and having been a general 12/1 shot this morning, was eventually returned an 11/2 chance, having drifted from 4/1 on track.

In the race the son of Stowaway was eased down by jockey Jody McGarvey on the run-in for an easy six lengths win over Witness Of Fashion

Afterwards winning trainer Padraig Roche stated “that was great. I don't have him that long, he came from Joseph's (O'Brien), he's a lovely big horse.

“I'd say they went a bit fast on that ground and Jody took his time, it was the right thing to do.

“It's nice to get a winner for Mr McManus. I don't know where he'll go now but he's a staying chaser and could go for something similar. He jumps and stays.”

Quotes from Gary Carson