Gibberwell waves the Wexford flag

By Dan Walsh

It did not take long for the locals to strike success at sunny Wexford this afternoon. The opening race, the Hook Head Maiden Hurdle, went to Gibberwell (16/5), named after a local townsland, trained at Rathangan by Brian Jordan for Wiliam Bates, Kimore, and ridden by Caim jockey JJ Slevin. The local success upset the long odds-on Mr Jackman (4/9) from the Gordon Elliott stables who was runner-up; one and three-quarter lengths back on ground that was officially ‘soft to heavy’.

Adamstown jockey Jonathan Moore enjoyed success on his home track aboard Gavin Cromwell’s Clonguile Way, (11/4 fav.) in the St. Patrick’s Bridge Handicap Hurdle.

The richest race of the day was the Slade Handicap Chase where three of JP McManus’ five entries finished first, second and fourth. Two did not make the handicap. The winner was Scoir Mear (9/2) trained by Tom Mullins at Goresbridge and ridden by Simon Torrens.

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