Charle Brune makes it 24 hours to remember for Tom Shanahan

Thursday, May 23 2019

Having waited 30 years for a winner Tom Shanahan got two in just over 24 hours when Charle Brune struck again at Tipperary on Thursday evening.

The gelding had landed a gamble when scoring in facile fashion at Wexford on Wednesday afternoon, and followed it up with another easy victory.

Donagh Meyler was again on board and soon had his mount in front.

The 9-4 favourite kicked on after the third-last in the two-mile handicap hurdle, and despite an error two from home went on to record an effortless eight-length win.

The Thurles-based trainer said: “As I said yesterday, the horse always ran keen and yesterday I said to jump him off (in front) and see what happens and it happened.

“He ate a good bit last night, drank his water and we gave him electrolytes and let him off this morning.

“He has started to settle now, but I hunted him a good bit this spring – I have a pack of hounds for the Premier Harriers.

“I have horses running on the track for 30 years and other fellas would have given up years ago – that’s my drug!”

Front-running proved to be the order of the day and 66-1 shot Effernock Fizz blew away her rivals in the opening maiden hurdle.

Adam Short stole a few lengths going into the back straight on Katy Brown’s charge and she maintained the gallop in the closing stages to score by 15 lengths.

The winning trainer said: “I think tactics was the key to her today. We let her bowl along and let her enjoy herself.”

Brian Hayes sent Dolly Dancer on after the second flight in the mares maiden hurdle and she also went on to record a wide-margin success.

Emmet Mullins’ charge, sent off the 7-4 favourite, went on after the second-last to record a 12-length win.

The principals were also on the pace throughout in the three-mile maiden hurdle, with 5-4 favourite Stacks Mountain cruising clear from two out to land the spoils by five and a half lengths for Henry de Bromhead and Davy Russell.

Humm Baby used the opposite tactics, however, when she came from behind to win the featured Go Racing Student Society Handicap Hurdle.

Paul Townend made ground up leaving the back straight on Michael Hourigan’s charge and the 6-1 chance hit the front after the second last to score by four lengths.

Townend went on to complete a double in the three-mile handicap hurdle when the Sean Aherne-trained Ask And Answer stayed on best on the run-in to score by two lengths at odds of 7-1.

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