De Bromhead’s excellent day was boosted as his Sadler’s Risk also took third, with Alderwood in fourth. De Bromhead said: “That’s deadly. We were hoping we’d get back to our form last autumn and if he did he looked in off a good mark. “His prep run was disappointing, but a lot of horses didn’t get into that race and obviously he’s more of a stayer. “Funnily enough the one person who wasn’t disappointed then was Barry Geraghty. He was delighted and said he was good. “I’m delighted to win this and delighted for Anne and Alan Potts. Anne is in hospital at the moment and I know that will be a real tonic for her. “They’ve been amazing supporters over the years and I really appreciate it. “My father was just touched off in this race with Bishops Hall so it’s great to set that little record straight. It’s such a famous race so it’s great to get our name on the board. “I always felt he was a Graded horse. He won his Grade Two, it probably wasn’t the greatest Grade Two, but he won it. Press Association Shanahan’s Turn produced a gutsy display from the front to run out a convincing winner of the thetote.com Galway Plate. Henry de Bromhead’s charge was a relatively unfancied 16-1 chance after a couple of disappointing efforts recently, but he travelled sweetly for Johnny Burke, sharing the pacemaking duties with Baily Green. Burke was happy to go clear after the third-last and looked to have the race sewn up after jumping the final two fences well, and though The Paparrazi Kid gave chase up the long run-in, he was still five and a half lengths behind at the line. “Then he hit soft ground and we made a couple of mistakes with him. We know him now. “He could go for the race Sizing Europe won the last few years at Gowran and hopefully he can develop into a Grade One horse. “It was brave of Johnny to do that and let him roll. I was delighted when I saw him do it, win, lose or draw. “The jockeys tell me what they are thinking before the race and unless I completely disagree with them I let them off as they are top riders.” He added: “I was delighted with Sadler’s Risk. He stayed on really well and Andrew (Lynch) gave him a great ride. “That was his first handicap and it was some run. His jumping early was a bit novicey. “We’re a little tied with him as he doesn’t go left-handed so the Kerry National is out, but there are plenty more good races.” Burke said: “That’s some feeling! It brings back fond memories of 2007 when my father (Liam) trained the winner here (Sir Frederick). “I was claiming 5lb this time last year when I rode in the Plate and finished third and in late September I was offered this wonderful job with the Potts, which has give me the chance to ride some great horses and I’ve been very, very lucky. “I’m very grateful to Ann and Alan Potts.” RaceBets introduced Shanahan’s Turn at 16-1 for the Ryanair Chase and 25-1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The Trojans split their road trip to the Sunshine State this weekend, dropping a season-first loss on the road to No. 4 Florida before bouncing back with an 18-3 hammering of Stetson.The weekend began on a sour note for head coach Lindsey Munday’s third-ranked squad, as it faced off against a staunch Florida defense on Friday. The 15-10 loss stemmed from 24 USC turnovers, which the Gators took advantage of to maintain their lead throughout the game.Four seniors stoked the offensive flames for the Trojans against the Gators, with senior attacker Cynthia Del Core leading the way with a season-high four goals, which also tied her career high. Fellow senior attackers Michaela Michael, Kylie Drexel and Gabby McMahon chipped in two goals each to round out USC’s scoring.Defensively, the Trojans could not contain Florida’s attacker duo of senior Mollie Stevens and junior Shayna Pirreca, who combined for nine goals. Their offensive firepower handed USC its first halftime deficit since 2015, as the Gators took a 7-3 lead into the locker room. Florida extended the lead as far as six in the fourth quarter before a Michael goal trimmed the margin to the final score of 15-10. Michael also notched 10 draw controls on Friday, making her the first player in MPSF history to tally more than 300 in her collegiate career and adding a silver lining to the Trojans’ defeat.USC then headed south from Gainesville to DeLand, Fla. to take on Stetson, where it rebounded strongly with an 18-3 drubbing of the Hatters. Four Trojans netted three goals or more: Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller led the scoring with a career-high five points (four goals, one assist), while Michael also pitched in three goals and two assists to grab her 28th career hat trick. McMahon tallied three goals and an assist, and junior attacker Alexis Kardias rounded out USC’s hat-trick heroes with three goals on the day. All in all, the Trojans outshot Stetson 27-11 and held a 13-9 edge on the draw.Munday’s side also stifled the Hatters defensively, successfully executing a perfect 13-of-13 clear attempts. Junior goalie Gussie Johns didn’t have much to do guarding the USC cage, but she saved four shots while conceding one in the first half before making way for freshman Hannah Upshaw in the third quarter. Upshaw entered the game with a 13-1 Trojan lead saved two shots and picked up two ground balls as USC saw out its comfortable victory.The Trojans enjoy a bye week next, so they will have time to recover from their East Coast swing before returning to the field. USC’s next opponents come on March 7, when Boston University makes the trip out west to try for an upset at McAlister Field. New Hampshire visits after the Terriers on March 13, and the Trojans will fly cross-country once again after that for afour-game stretch in the Northeast.