Sunday 24 March 2019

Brave Inca scores a win with a difference

KILLENAGH trained Brave Inca came out of retirement last week to make an appearance at Leopardstown last week for what must have been the most unusual race of his career.

The former Cheltenham champion hurdler took on Dublin GAA footballer Eoghan O'Gara in a 150 yard race.

Despite O'Gara's 50 yard head start, Brave Inca, ridden by Barry Geraghty easily crossed the line ahead of him in the fun charity race organised in aid of Tracey Piggott's charity Playing for Life, which works with deprived communities in Africa.

Trainer Colm Murphy, who along with Barry Geraghty, was riding high after Big Zeb's win in the Champion Chase earlier in the day, was delighted to see the reaction to Brave Inca's appearance.

' There was great amusement,' he said. 'Paddy Power sponsored the race and it was for a very good cause. They both got a right cheer. I don't know if it was because Brave Inca won, or because a Wexford horse beat Dublin.'

'It was a fabulous day all round. Big Zeb won well,' he added.

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