Impressive Four Year Old Winner By Walk In The Park
Mossy Fen Park (4g Walk In The Park - Msmilan, by Milan) built on a promising debut to run out a wide margin winner of Sunday’s four-year-old maiden at Nenagh point-to-point.
Sean Doyle’s charge had evidently impressed at home, as he was sent off favourite on debut earlier this month, when he finished a promising fourth to De Tellers Fortune (Soldier Of Fortune). Heading the market once again on Sunday, he was ridden to make all by Rob James and was travelling best of the field from the second last. Eight lengths clear at the final fence, he kept on well to win by an easy 18 lengths.
Bred by Michael O’Neill, Mossy Fen Park is the first foal out of dual winner Msmilan (Milan).
At Oldtown the previous day, Walks Like The Man (5g Walk In The Park - Nifty Nuala, by Saddlers' Hall) gained due compensation for the unlucky events of his debut earlier in the month.
The Colin Bowe-trained bay was disputing when badly hampered and brought down at the second last at Ballinaboola, and the promise shown there saw him sent off favourite on his second start. Ridden to chase the leaders by Barry O’Neill, he improved into second with three fences left to jump and was travelling well when leading at the second last. Keeping on well, he denied a late challenger by half a length on the line, with the pair finishing 12 lengths clear of the field.
Walks Like The Man is a half-brother to Here Comes The Man (Flemensfirth), who won a point-to-point impressively for Bowe and James Grace, before selling for £210,000. The pair were bred by Mark Grace out of a full-sister to Grade 1 winner Mick The Man (Saddlers’ Hall).