It’s the final Pointing The Way of the 2017/18 National Hunt season and Richard Pugh has five horses that caught his eye last week.
We start at Kinsale where EST ILLIC ran out an impressive 12 lengths winner on his third start. The son of Court Cave was another success for the Michael Goff team, and their inmate had this race wrapped up approaching the second last before winning on the bridle and seeing out the race nicely.
“This fella just raced clear and had loads in the tank coming to the last, and he just outclassed his rivals. I don’t know how good he is, but he’s an awful lot better than the ones he took on there.”
Another Court Cave would win our next race, and it would be another wide-margin winner, this time the Sean Doyle-trained CASPERS COURT who went on to score by 15 lengths. In winning, the grey appeared to show a nice blend of speed and stamina while putting in two slick leaps at the last pair of obstacles.
“This was an eventful contest with one or two coming down, but he was the one who came out on top and again, in the end, outclassing his rivals. He looks to have plenty of gears this guy, and he put himself clear when he needed to. He pulled up on his debut but stepped up here.”
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The final winner to note from Kinsale was NEWTOWN LAKAMAwho would win in contrast to the previous two winners. This daughter of Mahler would go on to win by half-a-length for the Colin Bowe team, and you’d really like the way she put her head down and battled all the way to the line, especially as she was short of room up against the far rail.
“She battled and put her head down well – she really showed a good attitude. She’s a tough mare and will win plenty of races”.
We switched to the Tipperary track of Ballingarry next where HIGHSTREET ROLLER would get the job done in very impressive fashion. The daughter of Jeremy – yet another to feature of the ill-fated sire – would go on to win by four lengths around the tight right-handed course.
When asked to quicken, she changed legs before the home turn and accelerated into a winning lead. She still looked green and may even be one to compete over shorter on the track given the speed she showed.
“This was another winner for Jeremy. Just watch the speed she shows, she might have got a little tired from the last home, but she was hugely impressive up to then. This mare has a lot of speed.”
PRESENTING DANCER is the final horse to feature this season, the son of Arcadio getting off the mark at the third time of asking. From the further family of Kribensis, he was probably value for more than the winning margin, as he looked to idle quite badly up the straight.
“He’s gone and done his job well”, were Richard’s final words on him.
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