Cactus Tree spikes rivals with another unlikely last-to-first success
It took 28 runs for Cactus Tree to get off the mark when she came from last to first to land a Fairyhouse handicap last month, and she repeated the trick from an equally unpromising position to win the 7f handicap under Wayne Lordan.
The daughter of Camelot was stone last turning in, but she at least had an outside draw, and with no potential traffic difficulties came with a wet sail inside the final furlong to win going away from All Things Bright by half a length.
The mare's fortunes have been transformed since she began running in the colours of the AlotDoneMoreToDo syndicate, headed by a cousin of the winning trainer Michael Grassick, and they certainly enjoyed the occasion.
"Wayne said they went good and hard, and he was always confident they were coming back to him, a lot more confident than I was! It's great to win another one with her," said Grassick.
"She's in again at Cork on Saturday so we might have another crack at it. There's not a whole lot in the race, so we'll see how she is."
Mctigue goes one better
Jim Bolger has a promising juvenile on his hands in Mctigue, who followed up a pleasing debut at Galway last week by landing the mile maiden.
Jockey Kevin Manning was hard at work from inside the two-furlong pole but his mount kept responding and stayed on best inside the last to get up close home for a head victory over the front-running Chicago Soldier.
Manning said: "Going around Galway is never easy on a horse first-time out, but he ran a very good race and I was very pleased with him. I thought he would take a good step forward and he did."
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