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Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Crossed My Mind evokes happy memories for Moore

Crossed My Mind in front over the last in CorkCrossed My Mind in front over the last in Cork
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Crossed My Mind fended off Lakemilan and asserted in the closing stages of the Grade B handicap hurdle at Cork.

Lakemilan closed on Crossed My Mind at the last but couldn't match him on the run-in as he finished strongly close home to land the spoils by two and three quarter lengths.

The winner was returned at 8/1 from Lakemilan at 10/1. Another 8/1 chance, Lucky Icon came in third a further lengths adrift.

Trainer Arthur Moore said: "I had it in the back of my mind to go back for a hurdle and following his last chase run he was still a maiden, so it made sense to leave him a maiden over fences for next season.

"It was a nice pot, the race was the right trip and I couldn't believe he went out in the betting, as I thought he had a great chance.

"I'm delighted to get the win for JP (McManus) and Slippers (Madden) and it was needed! He is a sweet horse and he'll be a grand horse for chasing next season.

"There is a handicap hurdle over 2m4f on the Saturday at Punchestown but I don't know if he'd make the cut and it will be very competitive. We might let him and bring him back for Listowel next season."

He added "This has been a lucky track and I rode a double here on Easter Monday once; I got a puncture between Mitchelstown and Mallow and Tommy Wade stopped to help me.

Tommy was a big punter but I never said a word to him about the two winners so I wasn't too popular afterwards! Honest Willie Macauley was one and I can't remember the other horse."

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes