Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Douglas Talking puts himself in the shop window

Thu 6th May 2021, 20:31

Douglas Talking, second left, comes to pip My Immortal, left
© Photo Healy Racing

Douglas Talking stormed home between horses to pip My Immortal by a nose at the end of the two and a quarter mile point-to-point bumper in Tipperary.

My Immortal was strongly pressed by Thelasthighking in the final furlong but Douglas Talking was switched to challenge between the pair by Paul Bannon, and made sustained headway to get up on the line.

He won at 16/1 from the 5/2 favourite. Thelasthighking was half a length in arrears at 9/2.

Trainer Andrew Lynch said: "He is a fair tool and a right horse.

"He tipped-up, over-jumped it, in his point to point when he was going to win but jumping fences is his game.

"He'll go on any ground and hopefully someone buys him, he can go!"

The Stewards interviewed Mr J.C. Barry, rider of fifth-placed Chicago Time, concerning his use of the whip in the closing stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned who accepted that he was in breach of the regulation and apologised for his actions. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Stewards were satisfied that Mr. J. C. Barry was in breach of Regulation 10.3.g, excessive frequency. Having considered Mr. J. C. Barry's record in this regard the Stewards suspended him for one raceday.

Additional reporting by Tom Weekes

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