Hand In My Pocket (Mahler) Wins Her Bumper At Bellewstown

Daughter Of Mahler Delivers With Bumper Win

Wednesday saw Hand In My Pocket (5m Mahler - Galzig, by King’s Theatre) gain a deserved maiden success when racing clear in the bumper at Bellewstown.

Second on her sole start between the flags last November, the John McConnell-trained bay was beaten just a head on her rules debut in February. Ben Harvey adopted similar front running tactics on Wednesday and was travelling well when a length clear three furlongs from home. Ridden to maintain the advantage in the straight, she stayed on strongly to win by six and a half lengths on the line.

There should be more to come from the winner, according to her trainer, who later said, “Her point form was very good. I know it was a summer bumper but she was good. The second, third and fourth were all the ones that you'd want to be there, so the form is there. She jumps very well so we will probably go hurdling. It's great to get that win anyway.”

Owned by Ms Caroline Ahearn, Hand In My Pocket was bred by Edmond Cogan and is a half-sister to Winter Getaway (Getaway), twice a winner between the flags and successful another twice over hurdles.