Prospectus too strong for Clonmel rivals

Thursday, Apr 18 2019

Prospectus bounced back to form to run out a convincing winner of the Quirke uPVC Windows Tipperary Perpetual Cup at Clonmel.

Gavin Cromwell’s charge had beaten only one home on his return to action over hurdles at Navan last month, but was well supported back on the level.

The 2-1 favourite came with a strong late surge to lead passing the furlong pole in the featured two-miler and went on to record a one-and-a-quarter-length win under Rory Cleary.

“He has had a lot of problems and needs soft ground and just got away with that today,” said Cromwell.

“He has a good engine and is in again over hurdles at Cork on Sunday. If the ground is soft enough he could possibly go there.”

There were a couple of impressive maiden winners on the card, with War Diary recording the widest margin success in the Slievenamon Maiden.

John Murphy’s charge was sent off a 4-7 shot and made all the running before powering clear inside the final furlong for a seven-length success under Robbie Colgan.

Encapsulation also won with a nice bit in hand when taking the preceding Happy Easter To All Our Patrons Maiden for Noel Meade.

Colin Keane kicked on over a furlong out on the 11-4 favourite and she went on to post a four-and-three-quarter-length win.

Meade said: “You wouldn’t know but that filly could get herself into Stakes class. Maybe I’m wrong, but she’s that type of a filly and I’d say she is a filly going places.”

The other maiden on the card over the same extended nine-furlong trip saw Kastasa (3-1) get going late to land the spoils.

Ben Coen secured his first success in the colours of the Aga Khan when getting the Dermot Weld-trained filly on top close home for a half-length win.

The same distance separated the first two home in the Clonmel Og Family Evening Handicap as Michael Halford’s Tirmizi (6-1) repelled the renewed challenge of Stormy Tale.

Ken Condon’s charge Cork Harbour also got home by half a length to justify 2-1 favouritism in the following 45-65 event.

There was a surprise in the opening claimer as Deauville Society got up late to spring a 20-1 shock for Tom McCourt and Danny Sheehy.

Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley combined to land the concluding Next Evening Meeting May 16th Handicap with 13-2 chance Conron.

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