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Jun 26, 2013

RACING REVIEW 25th JUNE

The Triton Galleries Maiden Hurdle looked a very open affair with 16 runners taking up the 2m6f contest, going toward the second last there were just two horses fighting out the finish. British debutant and former Irish pointer Kilbree Kid and the Brendan Powell trained BENEFITS WELL who had looked promising in a recent bumper at Exeter both stayed on well with the later winning by a neck. Both horses look to have more to offer at this level over the summer jumping season.

The gamble was landed in The Dave Chillery Divorce Celebration Selling Handicap Hurdle 2m6f when the well backed Martin Weston trained gelding GREEN LIGHTNING destroyed the 18 runner field to win by 15 lengths from Theoystercatcher.

The Limerick Racecourse Novices’ Chase 2m ½ f looked a decent novice event, the market indicated it would Kian’s Delight and Baby Mix who would be challenging for the prize monies. However, it was Dr Richard Newland’s CHANGING THE GUARD making his chasing debut who took command two out to beat the Tom George trained second favourite Baby Mix by 7 lengths. The winner may well run again very soon and should be noted!

It was a fine performance by the Martin Hill trained TZORA to defy a 15lb rise for last month’s course and distance win to land The Beau Boutique Handicap Hurdle 2m1f. Ridden well by local jockey Hadden Frost the winner was pushed into the lead just before the last to see off the Paul Nicholls 7/4 favourite Sidney Melbourne winning by 2 lengths.

The Natasha And Roger Nisbit Wedding Anniversary Handicap Chase 2m 5 ½ f was a modest event, but five out every runner had a chance with just over five lengths covering them. On turning for home the sprint up the straight was comprehensively won by the Paul Henderson trained NEXT OASIS who took command two out to beat Lawney Hill’s Font by 5 lengths. Look out for the winner to exploit these conditions again this summer!

The St Austell Brewery Lady Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle 2m3f attracted another big field with 18 runners taking up the contest. The race went off at a decent pace and Miss Alice Mills rode the perfect race to have DETROIT RED in the best position to take up the lead two out, running on strongly beating Sure Thing by 7 lengths to land a double for trainer Martin Hill.