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Betfred Gymcrack - Kinsley 462m - £8,000


COMETWOPASS saved his best performance for last when running away with the Betfred Gymcrack at Kinsley on Tuesday and in doing so he gave Ireland its first victory in the leading juvenile Category One over 462 metres.

It was clearly a case of mission accomplished judged on the satisfied expression on the face of trainer Peter Cronin as he led the talented son of Ballymac Eske to the presentation podium after he had watched his charge make short work of a final field that was reduced to five following the withdrawal of the lame Sylvias Chloe.

The June 2015 son of maiden dame Zero Two has been the standout performer since the start of the £8,000-to-the-winner competition and he finished the job in style.

He is a big dog and weights the best part of 36-kilos, but he is light on his feet. That was a point he proved at the semi-final stage when remaining upright after an early bump and one that he reinforced on Tuesday when again comfortably avoided an early knock to take a first bend lead.

The brilliantly balanced brindle ran a superb first and second bends and opened up along the far side. Ultimately, Cometwopass provided a textbook display of front-running to score by an ever-increasing eight lengths in 27.18sec (normal) – the best time he has produced during the event.

There was very little the others could offer, although they may have not allowed the winner to score with such ease had it not been for trouble at the first bend which held up them up.

In the end it was left to the Patrick Janssens-trained Barricane Jack to just prove quick enough to take second place half a length ahead of The Other Billy. Ballymac Healy was fourth, a short-head in advance of Swift Chaser.

So, Cometwopass follows in the footsteps of another excellent winner of the Gymcrack in the shape of Droopys Trapeze. Perhaps, surprisingly, he hasn’t been entered in the Derby.


Peter Cronin (trainer of Cometwopass): “He really took to this track (Kinsley) from the start and it has been an excellent competition for him. In the final he seemed to break level with the field but he had that little bit of zip that put him a head going to the bend. I thought it was a good open final and the others ran well. But ultimately I think he was the best dog in the race and he showed that in the final. I think the most likely next engagement would be at Sunderland over 450 metres in the summer festival up there.”

Stephen Carroll (owner of Cometwopass): “It would take a really decent pup to beat him once he hit the front over that trip. We bought him here because the distance (462m) is just about right. He is good up to about 480 metres. After that it is pushing it a bit. Maybe we’ll try him over further once he is a bit older but for now this is about as far as he wants to go. I bred him myself. His mother raced mostly in the UK and reached the Arc final some years ago.”