Review gowran park 11th Mar

Sat 11th Mar 2017, 18:20

Kilcarry Bridge showed an excellent attitude to run out a gutsy winner of the Holden Plant Rentals Shamrock Handicap Chase, the most valuable race at Gowran Park on Saturday.

One of two John Ryan runners in the contest, Donagh Meyler's mount set the pace along with Winter Magic but it looked like Black Zero had the prize in the bag when coming through to take it up before two out.

However, the winner refused to go down without a fight and battled back to regain the upper hand and score with two and a half lengths to spare at 10-1.

The Ted Walsh-trained Foxrock continued his dominance of the domestic hunter chase scene by taking the Tetratema Cup Hunters Chase in facile fashion.

The nine-year-old was ridden by trainer Ted Walsh's daughter, Katie, and the 1-6 favourite kept up the gallop to score by 13 lengths from Maple Mons.

Lachares (6-4) took advantage of Chirico Vallis running out to land the opening Thomastown Maiden Hurdle.

The winner was left in the lead when the 4-5 favourite ran through the wing at the second hurdle and Ellmarie Holden's charge never looked like being caught as he recorded a three-and-a-half-length verdict over Great Tango.

Castlegrace Paddy (6-4fav) stayed on strongly for Davy Russell to justify market support by nine lengths from Sizinguptheamazon in the Best Of Luck To The Irish At Cheltenham Maiden Hurdle.

Donegal Tuesday (10-1) powered home to an impressive success under Dylan Robinson in the Gowran Park Golf Club Captains 2017 Handicap Hurdle.

Pahaska took them along before being swamped approaching the turn for home and it was Michael Hourigan's 10-1 chance that stayed on best to score in fine style by 14 lengths from Phar Island.

With Dicosimo falling with a circuit to go, General Principle (8-15fav) cruised home for an easy nine-length success over Cloudy Morning in the HPR Fleet Management Beginners Chase, while Ministerforsport (2-1) saw off the late challenge of Castlebrook by a length and a half in the Raceday Packages At gowranpark.ie Point-To-Point Flat Race.

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