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Harrington strikes with Rock

Rock The World was sent off the 8-11 favourite for the CBRE Property Advisors Supporting Kilmacud Crokes Rated Novice Hurdle at Punchestown and never gave supporters a moment's concern as he came home an untroubled winner.

Jessie Harrington's six-year-old brought good form into the race, having put in some decent displays in defeat last season before getting off the mark at Down Royal in November, and he was dropping down from a highly creditable third in Grade Two company last time.

Robbie Power always looked at ease, and having slipped past the front-running Tawseef on the turn for home, Rock The World raced well clear before beating A Sizing Network by seven lengths.

Harrington said: "He was entitled to do that. Maybe the ground was a bit heavy for him the last day and maybe he didn't totally stay. It is lovely ground out there and he put that behind him.

"He is so much stronger this year and he will go to Leopardstown at Christmas now. There was talk of a handicap hurdle next weekend but that might be a bit quick."

On Impulse was running for the first time for the Ted Walsh yard in the 2015 Annual Membership Maiden Hurdle and the result was never in doubt once Davy Russell jumped to the front two out on the 5-2 shot, who raced eight lengths clear.

The trainer said: "He did it well. He had a good run in Naas and the winner (Free Expression) won a Graded race since, so he upheld that form.

"He jumped great and Harry Kelly (his former trainer) said he would. Bryan Cooper, who rode him in Naas, also said he jumped well. He'll jump a fence in time. He's a grand horse, no superstar, but if he stays sound and goes the right way he'll make a nice three-mile chaser."

Russell quickly doubled up when Charles Byrnes' well-backed 15-8 favourite Lite Duties took the Kelly Bradshaw Dalton Supporting Cavan GAA Handicap Hurdle.

A winner at the track last month, the progressive sort was given a 10lb hike in the ratings for that but shrugged off the imposition, easing into the lead going well on the home turn and jumping the last clear before beating Irish Bulletin by five lengths.

Byrnes said: "He'll probably run in another handicap at Christmas. We'll keep him going while he's going well. He probably appreciated that slightly better ground. We'll maybe go to Leopardstown over Christmas for the better ground."


From Belfast Telegraph