Ahern Back With A Win At Kempton
Ahern Back With A Win At Kempton
Sporting Life

Eddie Ahern

Eddie Ahern made the perfect comeback from injury as he gave Hurricane In Dubai a well judged ride from the front to land division one of the Betfair Supporting Grassroots Racing Maiden at Kempton.

The jockey had been sidelined since January with a shoulder problem but was back with a bang in Sunbury-On-Thames, showing no signs of rustiness with a tactically astute performance in the saddle.

Hurricane In Dubai (7-1) finished a highly encouraging second on his sole juvenile start and was smartly away on this seasonal return.

Denis Coakley’s gelding crucially kicked a couple of lengths clear at the top of the straight and had enough in the tank to hold off Daliance by a neck.

Ahern said: “My last ride in January was a winning one but when I got off my arm was in a lot of pain and it turned out I’d fractured my shoulder.

“It’s great to ride a winner on my first ride back. I’m pretty fit from riding out in the mornings and riding a winner lets everyone know I’m back.

“It’s also good to ride a winner for Denis, who along with John Dunlop provides’me with most of my winners.”

Coakley was full of praise for the rider, adding: “Eddie gave him a great ride and he was holding on well.

“The others were a bit green behind and today was our day.

“He’ll definitely go a mile and a quarter, probably next time even, and we’ll see then how good he is. We’ll start off in a handicap but he wouldn’t want the ground too firm.”

There was a far more clear-cut winner of division two as Mississippi (100-30) made a most impressive start to his career with Brian Meehan.

The three-year-old had finished down the field at the Curragh on his sole appearance for Dermot Weld last year but he was gelded over the winter as well as changing yards and he showed a smart change of gear under Martin Dwyer to collect by three and a half lengths from Eagle Power.

“He’s been working really well at home and he’s been in host of maidens waiting for the ground to come right, so it’s worked out well here today,” said Meehan on Racing UK.

“He’s a lovely horse, he’s got a superb temperament and he’s very straightforward.”

Strong market support for Furbelow prior to the Betfair Supporting Grassroots Racing Maiden Fillies’ Stakes proved correct as she slammed her opponents from the front.

The Jeremy Noseda inmate had finished seventh on her Newmarket debut and sent off the even-money favourite, she easily accounted for her rivals by four and a half lengths and more in the hands of Jimmy Fortune.

Chris Richardson, managing director for owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “We’re delighted with that.

“She’s a filly who has improved quite significantly from her first run and she showed a lot of speed.

“Her full-sister won a Listed race in America and we’ll see how she comes out of this race before we make any plans, but Jimmy thinks we should stick at six furlongs.”

James Fanshawe’s Refractor (8-1) got loose prior to the Betfair Handicap, but it was not enough to stop him running out a comfortable winner.

Jockey Martin Lane cut a confident figure a furlong out and pushed his mount clear to score by a length and a quarter.

There was a sting in the tail for Lane as he was given a four-day suspension (May 14-17) for using his whip in the incorrect place.

There was a shock result to the Olly Murs At Kempton Park 17.08.2012 Handicap as the Paul Howling-trained 25-1 shot Gallantry made every yard of the running under an enterprising ride from Tom McLaughlin.

Howling said: “I was fairly hopeful he would run well, but he’s a 10-year-old now and he’s obviously not getting any quicker.

“The instructions were to drop him in and take a lead like we usually do with him, but Tom saw there was no pace on and he’s used his initiative, so full marks to him for that.”

Flying Trader (15-2) claimed the Mascot Grand National 07.05.12 Handicap for Jane Chapple-Hyam and Luke Morris, while Dean Ivory’s 9-1 chance Esprit’De Midas (9-1) was a narrow winner of the betfair.com Handicap, ridden by Shane Kelly.

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