Luck favours Burke as sales reject Coolbane Boy lands bumper

Monday, January 20, 2020

Liam Burke, trainer of Coolbane Boy, who best favourite Power Of Pause at Thurles

Coolbane Boy caused a bit of an upset in the concluding bumper at Thurles on Sunday for Liam Burke and Tom Feeney, as the 7-1 chance readily got the better of the well-touted Power Of Pause, writes Mark Boylan.

There was an element of good fortune in the victory for connections, who sold the Mountain High gelding after his debut third in a Wexford maiden hurdle for £30,000 at the Cheltenham sales in November. However, the five-year-old was returned to Burke.

"You need an awful lot of luck in this game," said the Cork-based trainer. "We took him to the sales but he was sore the morning of the sale and I actually couldn't give him away. Dr Richard Newland bought him outside the ring but wasn't happy with him and sent him back. It was to my luck that he did."

Burke added: "He's a very honest horse and the trip obviously suited him. Tom gave him a great ride."

You need an awful lot of luck in this game.
- Liam Burke

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