Naas: Mannon the highlight of de Bromhead treble
Moscow Mannon was the highlight of a brilliant treble on the Naas card for Henry de Bromhead in the Grade 3 Poplar Square Chase under Davy Russell. Runner-up in the Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase when last seen in May at Punchestown, the 8yo was sent off the well supported 4/7 favourite for the 2 mile contest and duly obliged despite racing keenly and making a blunder at the last.
Russell moved his charge to challenge long time leader Ludo Et Emergo on the turn in and quickened away from the field smartly before staying on stoutly to win by 4 3/4 lengths from the battling Felix Yonger. It was the first Graded race victory for de Bromhead’s charge and the trainer was very happy in the aftermath.
He said: “He jumped well, apart from a couple of little mistakes. This was about getting him rolling.
“It’s lovely to get that out of the way. We could look at Leopardstown at Christmas over two miles and a furlong or there is the Hilly Way (Cork) or England.
“The owner is keen to step him up and I’d say we will, in time. No horse at home is fast enough to work with him, he has so many gears.
“He has a bit of a freaky pedigree as he’s out of a Mind Games mare. He has a lot of pace. At Punchestown, though, it looked like all he did was stay.”
Moscow Mannon was completing a double on the card for his trainer after Sizing John had recorded an impressive in the opening Maiden Hurdle on his first start over timber. The 4yo had disappointed in two bumpers last season but looked a different animal in leaving the ground for the first time in public. He eventually stayed on gamely under Johnny Burke to record a 2 length win.
Later on the card, Burke was again in the saddle as de Bromhead completed a treble with Sizing Granite in the Beginner’s Chase on the card. The Milan gelding had shown some ability over hurdles last season but put in a fine round of jumping on his Chasing debut to eventually see off a strong field, including Grade 2 winning hurdler and 1/2 favourite Lieutenant Colonel.
De Bromhead, who was enjoying the first treble of his career, said: “You dream of days like this. All the horses seemed in good form and we were waiting on the ground to change.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Nick Potts/PA Archive
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