Exciting Oscar (IRE) 2013

Exciting Oscar (IRE) 2013

2013 bay gelding by Oscar

The name Denis Ahern may not mean much to you. He is the trainer of half a dozen pointers with a 10 percent strike rate based in Cork. However Denis was the handler of Native River in his formative years and it was his yard I found the subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner in after he had saddled him to be un-seated when booked for 3rd on his point debut.

His 4yo Oscar gelding went to Ballynoe for his first run in the Spring, finishing 9 lengths 5th to Speedy Buck with the now Philip Hobbs trained Truckin Away between them in 3rd. The 7th that day has won a bumper and the 8th has been placed in a novice hurdle.

P2P.ie said:
‘made nice progress from off the pace to finish fifth with his novice rider. He possesses definite ability and it will be very interesting to see how he fares in due course.’

Only 11 days later, he teamed up with Derek O’Connor to finish 12 lengths 4th of 9.

P2P.ie said:
‘made a most satisfactory career debut by staying on from off the pace to finish fifth at Ballynoe just 11 days earlier. He similarly was ridden from the rear here and, having blundered four out, he was beaten from two out. The run however possibly came too soon for him and he is probably better than this display indicates.’

After a summer’s break, he returned to put in a much better display to narrowly go down by a head in which he battled hard in the soft conditions. The 13 runners were littered all over the place and it was run in a time 17 seconds quicker than the other division! He led 3 out when they re-appeared, put in another fine leap here where they went quickly away from the rest and whilst he is still a maiden, literally only got passed in the shadow of the post. These 2 quickened clear impressively from the field and neither gave an inch all the way to the line.

P2P.ie said:
‘raced a lot closer to the pace than his eventual conqueror, making his move before the third-last. Holding every chance coming to the last, he was simply out-battled by a better rival as he followed up two promising spring efforts. He should be tough to beat in the spring.’

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