Cromwell strikes again as Static Jack triumphs at Killarney

Tuesday, Jul 16 2019

Gavin Cromwell continued his red-hot form as 4-1 joint-favourite Static Jack delivered in the Laurels Handicap Hurdle at Killarney.

Static Jack and Jonathan Moore came with a run between horses after the second-last, and held a narrow lead at the final flight.

The eight-year-old jumped it well and stayed on strongly to get the better of his market rival Goodnightngodbless by a length and a half.

Cromwell was securing his 17th winner of a sizzling July.

He said: “Static Jack is definitely better going left-handed as he was beaten a nose going right-handed at Down Royal and it cost him.

“We’ve only have him a few weeks and he has well paid for himself now.

“It has been a brilliant spell, but the handicapper has hit all the ones that have won pretty hard, and they might struggle the next day. They have won, though, and it’s great.”

Aidan O’Brien’s Dunkirk Harbour was the ready victor of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race under the trainer’s son, Donnacha.

The easy-to-back 9-4 favourite was ridden to assert inside the final furlong and forged two and a half lengths clear at the line.

Another summer day and another winner for Jessica Harrington, this time with Calling Time in the Flesk Handicap over an extended mile.

Shane Foley kept the 5-1 favourite up to her work to score by three-quarters of a length from Imposing Supreme.

A loosening of the handicapper’s grip saw Koybig bring up his sixth career success in the International Hotel Handicap.

The seven-year-old gelding had dropped to a mark of 71 and Donagh O’Connor took a further 3lb off.

After the 8-1 shot fended off Minnie Haha by a neck, trainer David Marnane said: “There are a couple of options at Galway and, while he hasn’t run there, he’d suit Galway and looks like he’d come out of the dip well.”

Eoin McCarthy’s All The Angels rallied to great effect to land a gamble in the Irish Examiner Handicap Hurdle.

He was headed by Lucky Phil on the run-in, but gamely surged home in the closing stages under Kevin Brouder to win by two lengths at 8-1, having been as big as 28-1 in the morning.

Somethinboutangela took the M.D. O’Shea’s Mares Maiden Hurdle by two and a quarter lengths at 12-1 for James Sheehan and Jody McGarvey.

Glint In Her Eye (9-1) and Richie Deegan won the mares’ bumper by a head for Ger Hourigan, after a sustained battle with Celine Soprano.



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