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Poker Party plays winning hand in Kerry National | Racing News

Final Up to date: 11/09/19 5:27pm

Rachael Blackmore

Rachael Blackmore

Poker Celebration gave Rachael Blackmore one other notable triumph when profitable an exhilarating race for the Guinness Kerry Nationwide Handicap Chase at Listowel.

Profitable on the large spring festivals in England and Ireland, Blackmore was once more seen to good impact on Henry de Bromhead’s seven-year-old.

The mix had solely obtained so far as the second fence within the Galway Plate, however made amends in great model.

Blackmore was content material to sit down out the again as Valseur Lido and Yorkhill set a robust tempo for the three miles.

They have been cooked absolutely seven fences from the end, leaving Inside Switch and Icantsay on the head of affairs.

Inside Switch was nonetheless battling two out, however the pack closed in – with Poker Celebration (14-1) produced to perfection.

Neil Mulholland’s British challenger Shantou Village made a dramatic exit on the remaining fence, unshipping Robbie Energy. That left Ravenhill as the one critical menace to Poker Celebration, who caught to the duty determinedly to get the decision by a head.

Na Trachtalai – in the identical possession because the winner – was third, with Inside Switch fourth.

De Bromhead mentioned: “After the Plate we mentioned we would goal in the direction of immediately, but it surely was extra get him spherical and attempt to get him a little bit of confidence in these large handicaps.

“I felt we threw him into the Plate a bit and he obtained the fright of his life. In equity to Brian (Acheson, proprietor), he mentioned to Rachael in the event you can end fourth or fifth I’ll be completely delighted.

“She obtained him leaping and he began to take pleasure in himself. He actually caught his head down on the end and floor it out. It is implausible to win the race, and to emulate my dad who received it with Bishops Corridor.

“The Achesons are nice supporters of the yard and it is nice to do it for them as properly.”


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