Gallant Maple Mons Lands Down Royal Hunter Chase
Maple Mons proved her undoubted toughness when running out a comfortable winner of the Daily Mirror Hunter Chase at Down Royal on St. Patrick’s Day.
Ridden patiently throughout the early exchanges and allowing the front-running Theatre One and Howwouldsheno to race 15-lengths clear of the main grouping, David Christie’s chestnut mare steadily reduced the defecit along the back straight in company with her main market rival Quiet Account.
Once dispensing of the two front runners earlier in the home straight, the two market principals soon eased clear and settled down to decide the outcome between them.
Declan Lavery aboard the favourite was the first to ask his mount to try and quicken, which she duly responded ensuring that Quiet Account came under pressure at the penultimate fence.
Soon gaining the upper hand, the nine-year-old Great Exhibition mare race clear to run out a seven-length winner over the Colin McBratney-trained Quiet Account.
Hasty Times rallied in the final quarter of a mile to take third at the expense of Howwouldsheno.
The victory was a second Hunter Chase success of the season for Maple Mons having won a Hunter Chase at Wexford in March.
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Irish-based rider Tom Hamilton,
enjoyed a successful weekend at the UK fixture of
Listed action at Thurles and Grade 2 action at Newbury for former
pointers on Saturday.
A field of 14 have been declared for the
Boardsmill Sires maiden Hunters Chase on Sunday 26th
Franco Hughes will be in attendance at Portrush on Saturday
covering all the live action.
New Quay posted a solid effort on debut and will be looking to
get his head in front at Liscarroll on Sunday.
Ourmanmassini looking to make a winning return following a
Tattersalls Ireland Ascot March Sale got 2017 off to a strong
start at the Ascot sales venue.
Complete Sizing looking to back up smart maiden victory at
Monksgrange on Sunday.
Online entry for Loughbrickland &
Castletown-Geoghegan is now open.
Click here to view the Going Update for this weekends fixtures at
Portrush, Durrow, Monksgrange & Liscarroll.
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Stallion Review looking back at last weekend's Pointing
Cara's Way entered to make her debut for the in-form Gordon
Elliott at Durrow on Saturday.
Former Grade 1 winner Felix Yonger out to make it back to back
wins on Saturday.
Four Irish-trained horses among the 38 entered for the Aintree
Initial entries for the Goffs UK Aintree Sale at
the Grand National Festival on Thursday 6 April are now
Templemore P2P cancelled also new date change
for the Galway Blazers P2P at Loughrea.
The ITM-sponsored series was launched at an event in Kildare
Village on Tuesday evening.
Pacha Du Polder ended a six-year winning run for Irish runners in
the Cheltenham Foxhunters.
There will be schooling available at Portrush after racing on
Liscarroll Point to Point which will be held on Sunday,
26th March will be celebrating the life of Dr. M.V.
The Goffs UK Aintree Sale at the Randox Health
Grand National Festival is now just over three weeks away.
Click here to view the 2017 Spring Point to Point fixure list
which has just been released.
The BHA have released their eligibility rules for 2017 British
Hunter Chases which can be viewed here.