Game Of War wins Clonmel battle

Friday, Dec 8 2017

Game Of War ran out a clear-cut winner of the Clonmel Maiden Hurdle.

Fourth to the ill-fated Fayonagh on his jumping debut at Fairyhouse in October, Henry de Bromhead's 9-2 chance tracked front-running favourite Monbeg Worldwide until going on two out.

The result was in no doubt from that point and he strode across the line 11 lengths to the good, with Reelingintheyears collaring Monbeg Worldwide for second spot.

De Bromhead said: "He's always worked well and had a good run in a bumper last year. He was a bit disappointing in his next run but had a nice run on his return.

"I'd say the more testing ground today really helped him."

Battling Spirit and Ballymadun had the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle between them from the top of the straight, and 9-4 favourite Battling Spirit pulled out that little bit more for Katie O'Farrell to get up by four and a quarter lengths.

Trainer Jonathan Sweeney said: " That was great as he was off the track for two years before running here last month. I got him during the summer and that's his second run for me and he had been doing everything well at home.

" He is a lovely horse and will stay over hurdles for the season. I believe he has had his trouble along the way but, touch wood, he has stayed in one piece so far."

Black Scorpion had just taken the lead off Rightback Atya when the latter came down two out in the Club Stand Restaurant Handicap Chase.

That left John Gleeson's 5-2 favourite clear and he passed the post with nine lengths in hand of Just Get Cracking.

Gleeson said: "That was great but he took his time (to win again). He was like that in his point-to-points last year too and it took him a couple of runs to get his form.

"He wasn't sold and we kept him. He's still for sale again. He's the type of horse you could have a lot of fun with and that's why we haven't sold him. He's great to jump and was going to run over banks at one stage.

"He's only six rising seven, and you dream about all these things, but he could be a Thyestes Chase horse down the road."

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