Castlegrace Paddy proved too strong for hot favourite A Plus Tard in the Tote Fortria Chase at Navan.Henry de Bromhead’s A Plus Tard filled the runner-up spot behind Ballyoisin in last year’s renewal of the Grade Two contest – and having since won a Grade One at Leopardstown and finished a close-up third in the Ryanair at Cheltenham, he was well fancied to go one better.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – However, it was clear some way from home it was not going to be entirely straightforward for the 1-2 favourite, as he jumped stickily on occasions under Rachael Blackmore behind his pacesetting stablemate Ornua.After the latter dropped away early in the home straight, Pat Fahy’s stable star Castlegrace Paddy (9-1) took over the lead, with both A Plus Tard and Eclair De Beaufeu in hot pursuit.In the end it turned into a straight shootout and try as he might, A Plus Tard could never quite get on terms with Castlegrace Paddy, who passed the post half a length to the good in the hands of Bryan Cooper.- Advertisement – “He jumped brilliant and himself and Bryan seem to get on very well,” said Fahy.“Hopefully we can keep going in this direction. We won the Hilly Way Chase in Cork a couple of years ago, but didn’t have a great year after that, so we won’t get too carried away.“More than likely we’ll look at Leopardstown over Christmas. He’s beaten a horse there that will probably improve a lot, but so will ours – I’d rate him him a serious horse.- Advertisement – “Maybe if the ground was good you’d be looking to go up in trip, but on that sort of ground I think that (two miles) is his trip.”
BELLEVILLE, Kan. – After a week off, the United Rebel Sprint Series returns to action this weekend as the URSS Myers Engines National Tour will tackle the Belleville Highbanks in Belleville, Kan., for the second time this year and the Colorado URSS West Region will make its fifth appearance this year at Colorado Motor Sports Park in Byers.For the second time in three weeks, the National tour will return to the Belleville Highbanks for a $1,000 to win minimum $200 to start main event. J.D. Johnson has taken two in a row as he notched his first win during the 2015 Belleville Nationals and then backed it up with another dominating performance during this year’s event. Four-time Belleville winner Luke Cranston, Zach Blurton, Brian Herbert, Jed Werner and a host of others will be on hand to end Johnson’s reign.Saturday night’s action starts at 7:30 p.m.Also on Saturday at 7 p.m. the URSS West Region will return to action at Colorado Motor Sports Park in Byers.Blurton has taken two feature wins this year at Colorado’s newest 3/8 mile dirt track, with Zac Taylor and Justin Medlock splitting the other two. Coby Pearce will look to get his first win this year at CMSP, as he claimed a feature in 2015. A lot of drivers will be seeking their first win at CMSP including youngster Austin McClean, who is proving to be a source to be reckoned with, along with veterans Patrick Bourke, Mark Walinder, Scott Cochran among others.