A Toi Phil: came with a late surge
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos
By Stuart Riley 2:47PM 22 JAN 2017
Report: Leopardstown, Sunday
Coral.ie Leopardstown Handicap Chase (Grade A) 2m5f, 5yo+
A TOI PHIL was hampered on the home turn and jumped the last with six still in front of him but then finished with an incredible surge under Jack Kennedy to land his trainer Gordon Elliott yet another valuable handicap prize this season.
The seven-year-old was well supported before the race and sent off the 7-2 favourite for this €100,000 handicap but turning for home he looked in trouble.
Then The Paparrazi Kid clipped heels and unseated Mikey Fogarty right in front of A Toi Phil and he looked beaten.
But Kennedy oozed confidence as he worked his way into the race. Stellar Notion was prominent throughout and having seen off the challenge of Rolly Baby at the last looked to have the race in the bag.
A Toi Phil, who jumped the last in seventh, flew home with the stands’ rail for company and won by a neck and helped Elliott further extend his lead over defending champion trainer Willie Mullins.
More to follow . . .