Ballyoisin bounds to Grade Three glory at Killarney

All-the-way winner impresses under Barry Geraghty

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Ballyoisin put up a terrific front-running performance to lift the Grade Three Beaufort Golf Club An Riocht Chase at Killarney on Monday evening.

The Enda Bolger-trained seven-year-old was sent straight to the front by Barry Geraghty and relished the task from there, with only Alisier D’Irlande able to go with him for much of the extended two-and-a-half-mile journey.

The field was well strung out by the time they got to four out, and Geraghty was able to afford himself a look behind him going to the second-last and the last.

Sent off the 5-4 favourite, the JP McManus-owned gelding pinged the last and came home with his head in his chest, beating Alisier D’Irlande by nine and a half lengths.

Bolger said: “He is an improving horse – ground is the key and it came at the right time. He got a lovely ride from Barry and jumps like a stag out of that (good) ground.

“He has a very high cruising speed and is rated up there now so we have to go for these type of races with him.

“Barry, Frank (Berry) and JP will discuss plans now, but he might be vulnerable coming up that Galway hill for the Galway Plate, so we’ll see.

“He’s a speedy fellow and we’ll follow the prize-money with him.”

Shaneshill, who was last seen finishing third to esteemed stable companion Faugheen in the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown, was third, having never really been able to get into it.

Ballyoisin bounds to Grade Three glory at Killarney
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