On Friday, Caim Hill (11-2 betting odds) emerged victorious in the Gigginstown House Midlands National Handicap Chase at Kilbeggan. Philip Fenton's nine-year-old blew the competition under the mount of Brian O’Connell.
Caim Hill never really got a threatening challenge from runner-up Osana and nearby Victrix Gale, and the nine-year-old would cross the finish line by an impressive six and a half lengths ahead. Also at Kilbeggan, Mattie Bowes’ Imperial Shabra (7-1 odds) claimed the Coola Handicap Hurdle.
In other news, Hall of Fame trainer Frank “Pancho” Martin passed away at the age of 86 earlier in the week. Martin oversaw the development of 1973 Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Sham. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981.
Martin died at his home in Garden City, New York after a bout with an illness, according to the New York Racing Association. In his impressive career, Martin won 3,240 horse races with purse earnings totaling $47,586,039, according to Equibase.
Sham lost to the legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.