By Tod Marks
National Steeplechase Association jockey Barry Foley today earned his third win of the winter in Ireland, riding Miracle Cure Syndicate’s Street Value to a runaway victory at the Kilkenny racecourse for trainer John P. Flavin.
A field of 11 went to the post in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle, contested at around 2 ½ miles, with a purse of €16,500 or approximately $20,000. Only six finished, with the other five being pulled up.
Content to race in mid pack in the middle of the deep soft course for most of the race, Street Value, one of the betting favorites, settled well behind the leaders, who maintained their positions throughout. Foley roused the six-year-old with around three furlongs to go and made a big move at the second last and had a clear lead taking the final jump. The pair accelerated through the stretch and drew off convincingly, by six lengths. Oscar Sam was second, Rebel Early, third.
After the race, we reached out to Barry John, who had this to say: “The ground was very testing, probably as heavy as you would ever get in Ireland. I knew the horse stays very well, and he did just that. Things happen a lot slower on heavy all right, so fitness does come into play for both horse and rider.
“I’m lucky to be quite busy at the moment so fitness isn’t an issue for me. I’m not sure of the plans for the horse, but I’m sure he will get a break after today as that is two wins in nine days for him.”
Tomorrow, Foley heads to Navan Racecourse for two rides, including a Grade B handicap aboard the mare Uisce Solas. On Saturday, he has three rides at Fairyhouse.
Here’s a link to the race replay: https://www.racingtv.com/results/ireland/312558-gowran-park-ireland/28-Jan-2021/1450