Saturday 16 December 2017

Cheltenham is Falcon's focus

Shea Tomkins

Mikey Fogarty had a winner at Thurles on Thursday
Mikey Fogarty had a winner at Thurles on Thursday
Seán Flanagan guiding Snow Falcon to victory in Navan on Sunday

It was a Sunday to savour for New Ross rider Seán Flanagan at Navan as he enjoyed one of the biggest wins of his career on Snow Falcon in the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle.

Snow Falcon was the 11-4 outsider of the three runners but Flanagan produced him with a perfectly-time challenge to lead over the last, and he stayed on best to beat Lieutenant Colonel by two and three-quarter lengths.

Winning trainer Noel Meade said that Snow Falcon would now be aimed at the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, so that will be a big occasion for the Flanagan family from New Ross.

Ladbrokes go 25-1 from 50s about Snow Falcon in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Kiltealy-based handler Colin Bowe saddled Go It Alone (7/1) to win the Killinan Handicap Hurdle under Mikey Fogarty at Thurles on Thursday.

'The step up in trip helped and he won his point-to-point on similar ground. He handles winter ground and will go for something similar next. He may be a nice horse in time,' Bowe said afterwards.

Due to the postponement of the Limerick meeting on Wednesday of last week, it has been announced that this meeting will now be re-scheduled for Thursday, March 10.

The meeting will close for entries by 12 noon on Thursday, March 3, with declarations to run to be made by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9.

Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Punchestown, Wednesday, February 17 (first race 1.35 p.m.); Clonmel, Thursday, February 18 (first race 1.30 p.m.); Dundalk, Friday, February 19 (first race 6.05 p.m.); Fairyhouse, Saturday, February 20 (first race 1.30 p.m.), and Naas, Sunday, February 21 (first race 1.50 p.m.).

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