Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Palm pounces for Trial victory

Another Palm

Another Palm landed a thrilling victory in an extraordinary finish to the thetote.com Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase at Limerick.

Supreme Doc got the better of Our Girl Lucy coming down the straight and looked to have the prize sewn up when he went about four lengths clear on the run-in, but he began to slow alarmingly and the pack came charging at him.

Both Another Palm and Our Girl Lucy swept past in the shadow of the post, and the photo showed that Noel Meade's grey (20-1) had got there by a nose under Robbie Power, with Supreme Doc a further half a length away in third.

Power said: "He toughed it out and he stayed well. The mistakes by the other horses at the second-last and last gave him heart. Once I got to the girth of the horse in front I knew he would get there. He battled well."

Whats Happening kept his unbeaten record over fences by winning for the second time over the bigger obstacles in the day's richest race, the Limerick GAA Supporters Chase, though Michael Hourigan's charge was made to pull out all the stops.

Original Option was travelling best coming down the straight, but he could not shake off the 13-8 favourite, who responded well to Barry Geraghty's driving to forge ahead and score by a length.

The trainer said: "The ground was probably on the quick side for him, things were happening a bit fast. We might wait for slow ground now, but Killarney and Galway are possibilities. He has done everything right, he won a bumper, maiden hurdle and now two chases."

Alan Crowe got a good tune out of The Lady Granuaile in the limerickraces.ie Mares Beginners Chase and Pauline Gavin's eight-year-old (20-1) jumped the last two fences stylishly to outpoint Sox's Girl by three lengths.

Gavin said: "She likes that ground and we'll look for something at Galway with her next."

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