Persistent wins a drama packed race

Shane Shortall (red cap) took the 4.30 at Tipperary on Persistent
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There was drama aplenty late on in the Woodlands Hotel Adare Handicap Hurdle and at the end of the two miler it was Persistent that brought up a double for J P McManus at Tipperary.

Jezki took the Grade 3 Istabraq Hurdle earlier for McManus. That fellow is handled by Jessica Harrington and it's Joseph O'Brien that has care of Persistent.

Lion In His Heart was still in front when running out after the second last flight.

Meanwhile the gambled-on joint favourite Oscars Den was staying on from off the pace when 'missing' the last.

As it was then, the Shane Shortall-ridden Persistent proved strongest up the run-in for a length and a half verdict over Timi Roli.

Carrigmoorna Matt finished third, whilst the aforementioned Oscars Den ended up in fourth place.


"He has been knocking on the door a few times now and that's his sort of class," said McManus racing manager Frank Berry. 

"We'll tip away with him for the winter and Shane (Shortall) said he coped with the ground - it's loose ground. Shane gave him a grand ride."

(TW & EM)



Rekindling in the mix for the Melbourne Cup 

Owner Lloyd Williams has declared Irish Colt Rekindling as the other horse he is pinning his hopes on in his bid to win a sixth Melbourne Cup, saying he was “keen on him”.

He said Rekindling was possibly the best young stayer he has owned since 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient.

The search is on for a jockey for him, he carries 51.5 kg's he was last seen out finishing 4th in the St. Leger at Doncaster.