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Market springer Ishan lands a touch in finale

Ishan flies the last to seal victoryIshan flies the last to seal victory
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As big as 28/1 this morning before being supported into around 9/2 before racing, Ishan landed a gamble in the concluding three-mile handicap.

Eventually sent off 6/1, Phillip Enright's mount crept into contention travelling well from three out and led before the last. Killinure Lass looked a threat at that point but got the last wrong whereas the winner was big and bold at it and galloped away to score by two and a quarter lengths with the front two nicely clear of the remainder.

By the Network horse Voiladenuo, the successful five-year-old had been unplaced in seven previous outings over hurdles.

It was a third winner on successive days for Enright and brought his tally to 25 for the campaign.

Winning trainer Sam Curling said: “He had a good enough run in Tramore but he got stuck in the ground in Limerick, Philip said he just never went a yard.

“He's been coming along the whole time. That was a bad race I'd imagine.

“He's a grand horse and he'll jump a fence too in time. He was ready to run in a point-to-point but we thought he probably wasn't quite up to a four-year-old point-to-point so we said we'd go hurdling with him.

“He's taken a bit of time to come but he's coming now. We'll find something similar, he's no world beater.”

Quotes from Gary Carson

About Mark Nunan
Mark has followed racing since he was a teenager and worked for many years as a broadcaster with the Irish version of Racecall. He joined the Press Association in 2019 and is also a contributor to the Racing Post. A native of Kildare, he now lives in Sligo.