Elated Ger bridges 16-year gap
J.J. Slevin followed up on the previous week's three winners with a candidate for ride of the month at Cork's McCarthy Insurances meeting on Saturday in a head-bobbing finish which delighted his Wexford connections and earned praise for the young jockey.
This was an all-Wexford success with Boru Boy (16/1) in the €12,500 maiden hurdle, the horse providing a rare track winner for Ger Murphy from Parknashogue, Ballygarrett, in the colours of well-known Courtown Peugeot dealer, Pat Doyle. Ger's last winner on the track was Moneyinthebank away back in the year 2000.
Hot favourite Bon Papa (1/4) crashed out at the third last in the 19-runner race and hampered Boru Boy, who was having his first run for two and a half years. This left him quite a long way adrift of the battling front two.
However, Slevin conjured up a great surge on the run in from the last, found a gap on the inside and got home by a head and a short head from the other two. The stewards were not as impressed as everyone else and gave Slevin a two-day ban for whip offences.
A delighted Ger Murphy said they had been a bit unlucky with Boru Boy in the past but 'he's a tough old cookie and he fought back well. We expected a good run today, among ourselves'. Ger looks after seven horses and says he's in the game for a bit of sport, also sending out some point-to-pointers.
Later, Slevin came third in the €17,500 handicap chase on Liz Doyle's After Aspen (4/1) behind Robbie Power on Sumos Novios. In the bumper, Jamie Codd took second on Adrian Keatley's Drumconnor Lad, behind Patrick Mullins on an impressive Joseph O'Brien horse, West Coast Time.
Seán Flanagan won praise from his boss, Noel Meade, after riding Art of Security (7/2) to success from a massive field of 25 in the opening maiden hurdle at Naas on Sunday.
Meade said: 'Seán is a very good rider and I couldn't be happier with him. He's growing in confidence all the time and the more confidence he gets the better he rides'. Flanagan got second later in the €21,000 novice chase on Meade's Road to Respect (9/2).
J.J. Slevin got second with a determined ride on Like a Demon (11/4) for trainer Nigel Slevin from Enfield in the handicap hurdle but could not overhaul surprise packet, Yaha Fizz (16/1). Jamie Codd was a disappointing third in the bumper on Le Richebourg (1/1 fav.) for Joseph O'Brien, behind Noel Meade's Red Jack (10/1).