Kal springs Cork shock

Barcoe handicapper doubles tally on 20th start

  • Sunday 18 November
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Allez Kal caused a 20-1 upset in the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Handicap Hurdle at Cork on Sunday.

Trained by Jimmy Barcoe, the seven-year-old was lining up off bottom weight in the two-and-a-half-mile feature – having managed just one victory in 19 previous starts.

However, she proved very game under 5lb claimer Cathal Landers, fending off Humm Baby by a length despite making a mistake at the last.

Barcoe said: “Her low weight made a big difference in that ground.

“This is her first run this season because of the ground. She has won over three miles in the past, and it’s her second season – which is a help.”

Bitsandpieces was another big-priced winner at odds of 16-1 in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle for Mick Winters and jockey Simon Torrens.

Winters said: “The ground was beautiful today. Being a horse with a bit of age, like ourselves, might have aches and pains – and it was easier to get through it today.

“He (Torrens) gave him a great ride. I told him to give him plenty of light, hunt him around and enjoy yourself – and he did that.

“His suspensories got jarred after he won at Tipperary and he had one run last year, but we had to let him off again because my horses were sick. He’s a fella who could turn up again and do a job – and he could go over fences now.”

All The Answers ran out an easy winner of the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Chase, scoring under Shane Shortall for Joseph O’Brien.

Making his debut in handicap company, the 12-1 chance came home five lengths clear of Tisamystery – with the well-backed favourite Blast Of Koeman a neck back in third.

Damian Byrne, representing O’Brien, said: “Shane was very happy with him, and we’ll go for something similar after that.

“He jumped really well for his first handicap, and will obviously come on for it.”

Sams Profile (6-1) was a three-length winner of the Matchbook Time To Move Over Maiden Hurdle for Mouse Morris, while Edward O’Grady was also on the mark with Allardyce (8-1) in I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Beginners Chase.

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