THRILLING GUINNESS KERRY NATIONAL
THRILLING GUINNESS KERRY NATIONAL
ROGUE ANGEL LANDS THRILLING GUINNESS KERRY NATIONAL FOR TRAINER MOUSE MORRIS AND JOCKEY GER FOX.
JOCKEY DAVID CASEY SIGNS RETIRES ON A HIGH NOTE WITH A IN DYING STRIDES BY SHORT HEAD & WIN IN HIS LAST EVER RACE ON LONG DOG.
Rogue Angel captured the Guinness Kerry National getting back up in the shadow of the post to deny Urano and provide trainer Mouse Morris with another big race success.Urano (12/1) looked all over a winner at the last, but the Gigginstown House Stud owned 7 year old battled gamely all the way to regain the lead on the line the line for a short head victory. Mouse Morris also saddled the third placed Rule The World.
It was the Ger Fox’s biggest success to date and he was understandably thrilled – “The minute I got stuck into him, he kept pulling out for me. He winged the last and just kept putting his head down and I couldn’t believe he just got there now. It’s a brilliant achievement. You never think you will get your chance to win a big race but Gigginstown have been very good to me. I missed out on a Galway Plate winner a couple of years ago but then they give me a Kerry National winner which is something unbelievable”
Meanwhile, jockey David Casey signed off his career in style when Long Dog ran out the easy winner of the 2m4f Ballygarry House Novice Hurdle by 9½ lengths for trainer Willie Mullins.
The Co. Waterford born jockey has had a great career and he was delighted to finish with a winner on his last ever ride. “That was great and it was very kind of Willie and his owners to let me ride the horse and thankfully it all went smoothly. It is great to get out in one piece and everyone here from the jockeys to those at the racecourse have been very kind to me. Listowel has been a lucky track for me and I have made great friends down here. I will remain with Willie Mullins who I have been with since I was 17 years of age. I am off to Australia to oversee Max Dynamite who will run in The Melbourne Cup and after that I will continue to work with Willie” said Casey.
Tully East won the 2 mile MSD Animal Health Maiden Hurdle by 8 lengths for jockey Adrian Heskin and trainer Alan Fleming at odds of 4/6 while the concluding McElligott’s Tralee Land Rover Bumper was won by Cloghala at odds of 6/1 for trainer Tony Mullins and jockey James O’Sullivan.
On a mixed card, the feature flat race was the listed €50,000 1m1f Edmond and Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes and it was was won by 2/1 market-leader Devonshire for trainer Willie McCreery and jockey Billy Lee. The Godolphin-owned filly had finished third to Pleascach in the Irish 1,000 Guineas earlier in the season. The opening race on the card, the 7f Exchange Inn Ballybunion & Kevin Broderick’s Bar Listowel Median Auction Maiden went to the Ken Condon trained 8/1 shot, Pinwood, who won on her debut under jockey Shane Foley. While the second race, the 1m1f Listowel Arms Handicap was won by the Mick Mulvaney trained filly Dew Line (8/1) who made light of the heavy ground conditions under jockey Leigh Roche to hold off the sustained challenge of 9/4 favourite, Tudor City, by a length and a quarter, to register her first career success. Sr. Cartage, trained by Jim Bolger and ridden by Kevin Manning won the last flat race on today’s card, the 1m1f Seamus Mulvaney Handicap, with a bold front-running performance to win by a comfortable three lengths from Snakes and Ladders at odds of 11/2. Sr. Cartage registering only her second ever career victory and both wins were on heavy ground.
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