Mark Nunan

Mark Nunan

McGarvey's mount prevails under a hold-up ride

Sat 26th Oct 2019, 15:24

Sacchoandvanzetti (green cap) and Jody McGarvey follow home a loose horse to win the 3-y-o Maiden Hurdle
© Photo Healy Racing

Sacchoandvanzetti (9/2) was held up well off the pace before being produced with his challenge approaching the final flight in the opening Renvyle House Hotel 3-y-o Maiden Hurdle.

Jody McGarvey drove his mount past Very Excellent (50/1) on the run-in to gain a half-length verdict, with Instant Return (20/1) another two and three quarter lengths away in third.

The 7/4 favourite Dinard Rose wasn’t beaten far in fourth, and her effort can certainly be marked up as she was badly hampered by a loose horse,when in with every chance, at the second last hurdle.

The winner, home-bred by the Ryan family, had placed form over six and seven furlongs on the Flat for Jim Bolger and was a promising fifth on his hurdling debut at the Listowel Festival.

"He met a bit of trouble and was further back than intended but they went quite hard up front. He was honest," said winning trainer John Queally.

"He proved his Listowel run was unlucky as the saddle slipped and he would have gone very close to winning. He was third to Japan, would you believe, in a maiden at Listowel on soft ground last year so that would do!

"We'll have a bit of fun with him and I've nothing in mind for him next."

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes

THE IRISH TIMES