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Gudnis Gracious Me impresses in Kilbeggan

Updated: Monday, 24 Jun 2013 22:21 | Comments

Gudnis Gracious Me claimed an impressive win at Kilbeggan
Gudnis Gracious Me claimed an impressive win at Kilbeggan

Gudnis Gracious Me showed her rivals a clean pair of heels in the Fay Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle at Kilbeggan.

The 9-1 chance had shown signs of emerging from a spell in the doldrums when fourth at Downpatrick earlier in the month and Mikey Butler was very positive on her here.

Only Liberty's Gift appeared a legitimate challenger approaching the turn for home, but Gudnis Gracious Me still had plenty up her sleeve and skipped away for a seven-length call.

Beachdale Lad (5-4 favourite) has a bright future over fences judging by his all-the-way triumph in the Tyrrellspass Novice Chase.

Mark Bolger saw a stride heading to the penultimate obstacle on Jessie Harrington's Roscommon winner, and he winged it to steal a valuable few lengths on his rivals, before keeping going right the way to the line to account for Six Stone Ned by 15 lengths.

Double Seven (14-1) had shown precious little over fences heading into the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap Chase, but capitalised on his comparatively lenient mark to score with plenty in hand.

Akatara broke through at the 37th attempt at this venue at the start of the month and that has clearly boosted her confidence because she followed up as a 3-1 shot in the T & V Novice Hurdle.

Michael Bowe's mare was brought to challenge by Jody McGarvey on the run to the final flight and a slick leap helped seal a length-and-three-quarter defeat of Tapaigh An Deis.

Davy Condon was in sparkling form at Down Royal last Friday and continued in much the same vein as the Noel Meade-trained Honourable Emperor (5-2) came out on top in the Easyfix Rubber Products Maiden Hurdle.

Cerveza Dinero (7-1) had been out of sorts but bounced right back to form to take the Hurley Family Handicap Hurdle for trainer/jockey Denis Hogan.

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