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'Return of mojo' for McManus chaser

Mica Malpic and Derek O'ConnorMica Malpic and Derek O'Connor
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J.P. McManus' Mica Malpic benefitted from a fine waiting ride from jockey Derek O'Connor to win Listowel's John & Terry Moriarty (QR) Handicap Chase today, scoring for trainer Enda Bolger.

A flashy chestnut with four white stockings, the eye was drawn to Mica Malpic (5/1 — 4s) at all stages and having began in rear-division, was mid-field by halfway and smuggled into contention on the inside in the final half mile.

Mica Malpic was comfortably clear of Brideswell Lad and Outside The Door when both fell at the second last and had the measure of Goodnightngodbless when he exited at the final fence.

It was McManus' second winner of the festival week and Bolger said “he had won a hurdle in France and then disappointed but he has his mojo back. I don't think he even had a race the way Derek rode him.”

He added “he has been unfortunate and had one race in the bag when falling in Wexford (in June). He ran a lovely race when staying on at Killarney and the three miles today was a help.

“I was happy the rain stayed away and I think he had the race in the bag when the other horses fell. He's a nice horse for the future as he is only five and that's job done and I'm over the moon.”

About Tom Weekes
A lifelong racing fan, Tom began writing point to point reports in 2002 and has reported for irishracing.com since 2003, when he joined Irish Racing Services - since taken over by the Press Association. Has ridden a point to point winner and won the 2018 Irish Field Naps Table.