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Tom Weekes

Tom Weekes

Grandmaster Flash gains overdue maiden success

Fri 15th Nov 2019, 19:14

Grandmaster Flash lead Elizabeth Way
© Photo Healy Racing

Grandmaster Flash gained an overdue first success at Dundalk today as the 85 rated colt landed the Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor Maiden for Breeders Cup winning trainer Joseph O'Brien.

The son of Australia had finished second on five of his eight previous starts but today benefitted from a well-judged ride from jockey Declan McDonogh as the pair scored a half length win over Elizabeth Way in the process denying trainer Michael Halford and jockey Ronan Whelan an opening races treble.

O'Brien's assistant Brendan Powell later said “Declan said he's a genuine horse but said he's probably just very one paced.

“He'll probably end up staying two miles, he said. He said he was niggling away down the back and all he seems to do is stay.”

When asked if he could go hurdling he added “ I don't think those owners are into jumping.

“He's been in all season so we'll see what Joseph does with him now.”

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