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Keel collects Cork cash

Tony Martin

The formidable combination of Tony Martin and Ruby Walsh once again struck gold as Keelaghan ran away with the Kinsale Handicap Chase at Cork.

The 10-year-old was strongly supported and sent off the 11-10 favourite following success on his most recent National Hunt outing at Ballinrobe and Walsh always appeared confident he had matters in hand.

The gelding still had a few rivals in front of him turning into the home straight but Walsh coaxed him to the front on the run to the final fence and he kicked clear on the run-in to score by four lengths from Bachelor Affair.

"He was very unlucky in Galway and reversed the form with those that finished in front of him from there," said Martin.

"A good shower of lads own him, Dublin people. He has to have good ground as he has had a wind operation.

"There is a nice two mile handicap for him in Cheltenham on the Friday of the Paddy Power meeting so he could go there."

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