Cork: Vic’s Canvas lands the National
14/1 shot,Vic’s Canvas, landed the Cork National for Dermot McLoughlin and Conor Maxwell, giving part owner Gary O’Brien of At The Races a day to remember. Amazingly, the 11yo Vic’s Canvas, was only making his fourth start over fences having spent his career jumping the smaller obstacles, but put in a supreme round of jumping to come a ten length winner.
Maxwell let his charge travel nicely behind the leaders early on and made a move to hit the front down the inside three from home. From here the pair kicked clear and after a couple of more safe jumps, extended clear to win easily from the heavily backed Dushrembrandt.
Speaking on At The Races, O’Brien said: “I genuinely didn’t have any great hopes for today. I really can’t believe it. I was almost waiting for something to go wrong, but thankfully it’s all gone right.”
Elsewhere on the Cork card, Adrian Heskin enjoyed his first Graded success for new boss Barry Connell in the Grade 3 Novice Hurdle on-board the Mag Mullins trained Martello Tower. Having tasted defeat just once in a Listed Hurdle last season, Martello Tower was sent off at a price of 11/4 for the 3 mile contest and was made to dig deep into his stamina reserves to land this from 2/1 favourite Ask Vic.
This was the first time the 6yo was asked to step up to this trip since winning a Point to Point on debut but there can be no questions asked about his staying power after today’s tough performance. Heskin sent his mount to the front a long way from home and was made to work hard by the favourite after the last but just had enough in the tank to hold on for a 3/4 length victory.
Just half an hour later Heskin’s day took a turn for the worst having been stood down for the day after a fall from Safe Exit on the way to the start for the 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle. It was the second heavy fall in as many days for the young jockey and he was set to undergo x-rays on his lungs later in the evening.
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