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Johnny Murtagh coasts to Rich Listowel win

Updated: Friday, 20 Sep 2013 20:09 | Comments

Johnny Murtagh partnered Rich Coast to success for his main patron at Listowel
Johnny Murtagh partnered Rich Coast to success for his main patron at Listowel

Rich Coast defied top weight in style under an enterprising ride from his trainer Johnny Murtagh in the Guinness Handicap at Listowel.

Murtagh made a winning move when kicking on and taking three lengths out of the field two and a half furlongs from home.

The Andrew Tinkler-owned five-year-old galloped on stoutly to score by two and a half lengths from the 6-4 favourite Quick Jack, with Barack third.

Murtagh said: "We thought he was a nice horse at the start of the year. He won second time out at Cork but then he lost his way a little bit.

"He got a bit keen and maybe went over the top on us a little bit. We freshened him up and I had this race picked out for him for a while.

"He likes cut in the ground. He was running a bit keen over a mile and a half and maybe this distance (nine furlongs) suited him as well.

"It was a great performance. I haven't been here all week but he went through the ground well today and it seems to have dried out well. They've done a good job to have the track the way it is.

"It's hard to win wherever you go. We put a lot of work into this horse - we had good faith in him.

"The little break we gave him seems to have worked and it freshened him up.

"We might go for the Finale Stakes at the Curragh or the November Handicap at Naas.

"He's going to the sales at Newmarket and hopefully he'll be a nice jumper some day."

Egyptian Warrior (5-1) powered away from the opposition in the closing stages to get off the mark by seven lengths in the Listowel Printing Works Maiden.

The four-year-old gelding, trained by Aidan O'Brien for his wife Ann Marie, had been beaten in five bumpers but had shaped well when second on his Flat debut at Gowran earlier in the month.

Wearing blinkers for the first time, the son of Galileo, who is a full-brother to Kingsbarns, looked different class to the opposition as he swept to victory from Hareth with the Dermot Weld-trained favourite Park Place third.

"It was probably a fairly ordinary race but he picked up well. The blinkers probably helped," said winning jockey Joseph O'Brien.

"He was disappointing in a couple of bumpers but the ground was bottomless and today's ground was soft but it wasn't winter soft."

Hidden Cyclone (2-1) overcame an untidy jump at the last to land the Southanpton Goodwill Chase.

Shark Hanlon's charge led four out and soon pulled clear under Andrew McNamara, but had to work after his mistake before holding Forpadydeplasterer by two lengths.

Hanlon said: "He ran well considering that he was a bit sketchy with his jumping. Andrew tried to put him right at the last but he ended up putting him completely wrong - but in fairness he gave him a great ride.

"He gave him a confident ride. He took a lead and below turning in it was all over.

"He's my stable star - last year the horse was never right. He's turning a corner. He had problems that we've got sorted and he showed what he can do today.

"The Paddy Power at Cheltenham in November is in my mind for him but he needs to tidy up his jumping a bit.

"He's a very ignorant horse and in the stable he'd knock the door down.

"We knew he was working well though coming here and this was a good pot to pick up."

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