Penny Jane survives scare to claim Galway spoils

Tuesday, Oct 9 2018

Penny Jane overcame a nightmare passage in the Guinness Handicap chase to give Gordon Elliott a double at Galway.

The 6-1 favourite was stuck in a pocket on the rail after the last and had to be switched out in the final furlong by Denis O’Regan to power home by a length and a half.

Elliott’s Woods Well (7-2) had earlier beaten Rashaan in the Ryans Cleaning Chase.

“We were lucky as the saddle nearly slipped on her,” said Elliott.

“Denis gave her a great ride. It’s a long way up the straight in Galway so you don’t mind (the traffic problems).”

Liam Gilligan earned praise from local trainer Brian Cawley after steering Whatsafellatodo (4-1) home in the Rated Novice Hurdle.

“Liam gave him a super ride,” said Cawley.

“I thought he came alive a bit early but he let him come down the hill and fill himself up.”

Sancta Simona (5-2) made a pleasing start to her hurdling career for Willie Mullins in the Mervue Maiden Hurdle with Barry Geraghty, in the JP McManus colours, on board.

McManus also owned 5-4 favourite Hearts Are Trumps who coasted in by three lengths in the Handicap hurdle for Des McDonogh and Mark Walsh.

Voix Du Reve (13-8 joint favourite) impressed on his chasing debut with an authoritative display under Paul Townend in the Beginners Chase to give Mullins a brace.

“He was very good. He’s not massive but he measures them really well and he’s quick over them,” said Townend.

“He was a bit slow at the first one in the dip but sorted himself out well and was quick at the last one.

“He’s a good jumper and it was an impressive performance.”

Midnight Run (7-2) came with a wet sail on debut to take the Jamie Kyne Memorial Flat Race for Joseph O’Brien and Tom Hamilton.

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