Jessica Harrington Yesterday completed a 471/1 treble at Navan in Ireland with the pick of her runners being Walk To Freedom who landed her biggest priced winner on the day at 20/1 in the Proudstown Handicap Hurdle.
This eight year old had been off the track for around 480 days before last month where he had his seasonal reappearance finishing a disappointed 10th when really just blowing away the cob webs after a long time off the track.
The extended two mile six furlong handicap saw Walk To Freedom go up against some horses he has lost to in the past and he went on to reverse this form with Robbie Power in the saddle riding him out to win by a clear two and a half lengths.
(Credit Racing UK) Power said: “All credit to Jessie, because he’s been a very difficult horse to keep sound and had so many problems. Fair play to the owners too – their patience has been rewarded, and it’s a great pot.
“This horse fell with me at the first twice and went out through the rail one day at Fairyhouse when he was going to win his maiden. He is a horse with a lot of ability.
“He has the option to go back over fences, or something like a Pertemps qualifier would be right up his street.”
Robbie Power managed to get himself a double on the day with another one of Harringtons horses. Jetz went on to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase and after already placing in a Grade 1 as a novice hurdler he could be really progressive this season.
Power added: “They went a stronger gallop today, and I was flat to the boards leaving the back straight – but it’s a stiff two mile and one around here, and his stamina kicked in at the end of the day. He’ll be stepping up in trip from now on.
“He was a little bit keen all last year, and we said we’d just run him over two. He’s got a high cruising speed, and hopefully it’s served a purpose.
“He was a bit cautious with his jumping down the back, but you’d forgive him that after his faux pas the last day. When I wanted him in the straight he was very good.”
Barrington Court then finished off Harrington's winners for the day and gave her the hat-trick with an impressive success in the Listed Coolmore N.H. Sires Irish EBF Mares INH Flat Race.
Mark O’Hare was in the saddle on Barrington Court, who flew home in the final furlong to win by 10 lengths and cap off a successful day for the female trainer.