Irish Cavalier: caused a 16-1 upset in the Charlie Hall
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By Stuart Riley 3:26PM 29 OCT 2016
Report: Wetherby, Saturday
bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (Grade 2) 3m, 5yo+
IRISH CAVALIER is the horse of young jockey Jonathan Moore’s career.
Victory on the seven-year-old at the Punchestown festival resulted in a job offer from Rebecca Curtis. Taking that job meant the 22-year-old had his first rides at Grade 2 level at Wetherby, and in guiding the 16-1 shot to an unlikely victory at the expense of seasoned warriors Menorah and Cue Card he not only cemented himself in his new position but served notice of his own talent.
Not many conditionals get the leg up in Graded races due to their inability to claim, but Curtis’s faith in Moore was handsomely repaid as he teased, kidded, nurdled, cajoled, nudged, and then lifted his mount home.
For much of the race it looked Cue Card’s for the taking. Last season’s three-time Grade 1 winner jumped superbly, was sent on in the back straight and turning for home Paddy Brennan looked to have his rivals where he wanted them – in his wake and under pressure.
But as Brennan wound things up on the 8-11 favourite, Irish Cavalier would not go away. Brennan had Cue Card going flat out and yet his pursuer remained.
More to follow . . .