Congratulations to trainer Dessie Hughes on his successes at the Listowel Harvest Festival races last week. Pink Coat won by three lengths in his first run over hurdles in almost a year in the Cashen Handicap Hurdle 5yo plus under Bryan Cooper. Dessie’s daughter Sandra said afterwards, “He was very, very good today. He was running on the flat over the summer but this is his game. ...We thought he would run well but we didn't think he would do that. Dad will be watching in at home. He came home from Hospital on Sunday and he was out on the gallops this morning so he is ready to go again”. Bryan also said, “He had a few nice runs on the flat and he was working well at home...I was a bit worried about the ground but he travelled well and jumped great."
White Star Line under Andrew Lynch sat back in the early stages of the race before taking the lead on the home stretch, galloping to take a five length win in the racing highlight of the week in the Guinness Kerry National Handicap Steeplechase (Grade A) 4yo plus. Sandra Hughes said afterwards, “We thought that if the ground wasn't as bad as they were saying that he would run a hell of a race. Thankfully things were kind for us. He had been unlucky till this and had been knocking on the door. He jumped great today and has lots of class. I'm not sure of the plan but he is ground dependent. Hopefully he might travel back to Cheltenham.” Andrew Lynch said, “He done it well. I was lucky... Everything panned out. I was told to drop him in and take my time. His jumping got me into the race. He was still travelling well so I said I'd kick on and once I kicked him on turning in he picked up well and was always going to win. Around here you need to travel and jump and he did both. “Sandra also said of Dessie, “He is coming along well and the operation went very well. He's been out on the gallops every morning recently and should be back racing in a few weeks. I was on the phone to him and he was delighted,” with Andrew saying “I was talking to Dessie before the race and hopefully that will perk him up a bit.”