MALLOW jockey Davy Condon gained one of the biggest wins of his outstanding racing career at Ascot on Saturday last, where he won the hugely competitive 21-runner Class 1 Listed Ladbroke handicap hurdle.
The jockey won the £84,500 winner's prize on 25/1 chance Cause Of Causes, which was runner-up to the Mick Winters trained Rebel Fitz in the Galway Hurdle. The four-year-old, which paid 32.60 on the Tote was anchored at the rear in the early stages, as Davy displayed nerves of steel in trying to pick his way through the massively competitive field.
Approaching two out he began to make smooth eyecatching progress, but at the second last he was still only seventh and appeared to have plenty to do, but the ice cool Davy had other ideas as he produced his mount, to move into third before the last, a magnificent leap where he landed running, saw him practically on terms at the last from where he finished powerfully to eventually win unchallenged by four lengths from fellow 25/1 outsiders Petit Robin and Dan Breen.
Gordon Elliott trains the winner in Meath.