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Clonmel review: Speckled Wood strikes late in Clonmel

Updated: Thursday, 07 Mar 2013 18:34 | Comments

Hidden Crack claimed the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase
Hidden Crack claimed the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase

Speckled Wood (7-4 favourite) continued the in the winning groove when striking late to land the Carrick-On-Suir Mares Handicap Hurdle.

Christy Roche's mare is the first daughter of Like-A-Butterfly and showed plenty of ability here, coming from well off the pace under Jody McGarvey to collar Lead Kindly Light before the last to score by three and three-quarter lengths.

Ancient Days showed plenty of tenacity to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle for John Queally.

The 9-4 favourite was overtaken on the turn for home by Shazner, who built up a clear lead, but Ancient Days battled back and after jumpin the last much the best, he kept on well for Andrew McNamara to win by a length and three-quarters.

Elizabeth Doyle is looking forward to saddling Le Vent D'Antan at Cheltenham next week so will have been buoyed by Glen Beg's surprise win in the Lisronagh Maiden Hurdle.

Well in command having turned from home, the 33-1 chance jumped markedly left over the final two flights but still came home eight and a half lengths clear of Black Zero.

Conditional rider Mark Enright added yet another winner to his tally when guiding Gallant Oscar home in the Slievenamon Beginners Chase.

Taking up the running from long-time leader Dazzlers Day well before the second-last, the 3-1 favourite stormed clear to beat Coolnagorna Giggs by six lengths.

Hidden Crack (10-1) ran out a solid winner of the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase for Seamus Fahey and Shane Butler.

In the lead when Colls Corner fell on the back straight while in third place, leaving numerous runners behind taking evasive action, Hidden Crack kept on remorselessly to beat Mister First by four lengths.

Eamonn Gallagher's 7-1 chance Backinthere responded well to Adrian Heskin's urgings to land the Comeragh Handicap Hurdle, while Willie Mullins had a winner with his only runner on the card as Turnandgo (1-2) hosed up in the Ardfinnan INH Flat Race.

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