No Lost Cause!

So the third reserve won the Kerry National today in Listowel at an unconsidered 16/1! White Star Line, trained by the redoubtable Dessie Hughes on the Curragh, owned by Kerry native Patsy Burns the 9 year son of Saddlers Hall showed he was no lost cause. He took control of the race on the turn into the straight to win convincingly by 5 lengths under a last minute call up for jockey Andrew Lynch. Hughes did create a bit of a doubt however as he also saddled the favourite, Wise Oscar in the race also, but the Bryan Cooper ridden horse, himself a reserve, lost his chances four fences out. Bred by Louis Vambeck this was White Star Line’s 21st race of his track career, and on the bare statistical record his one win over hurdles and running in his 12th chase the form wouldn’t inspire. But, his horse has been tried at a pretty high level in the past two years, he was placed over fences at the Cheltenham Festival in both 2012 and 2013 in Black Type races to Hunt Ball and Golden Chieftain, while he also finished second to Sirs Des Champs and First Lieutenant over hurdles before that, so he had pretty good form to his name. On this occasion he took the scalp of the JP McManus owned Carlingford Lough, who won the Galway Plate on his previous start in 2013. Named after the Cruise Line Company that managed the ill fated Titanic, this is one headline for the White Star Line will that they would be happy with.

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