Bay rises to fences task
Norther Bay produced a gutsy display to open his account over fences at Down Royal last night.
Barry Geraghty sent his mount to the front after the third last in the novices chase but he was strongly pressed at the final fence by So Determined. The pair settled down to fight it out on the run-in and it was Norther Bay which found more to record a length victory.
"He stuck at it well. Barry suggested going two and a half miles but I wasn't fully convinced to be honest as I thought he was an out-and-out two miler," admitted winning trainer Eoin Griffin.
Gordon Elliott's Makhaaleb opened his account over timber with a hard-fought success under Paul Carberry in the opening two-mile maiden hurdle.
Louth trainer John Larkin saw his eight-year-old Olifan D'Oudairies prevail under Andrew Lynch at 14/1 in an eventful two mile, four furlong handicap chase, where 2/1 favourite Killy Fryer fell when in front four out.
Meanwhile, Aidan O'Brien's highly touted St Nicholas Abbey is a fascinating possible contender for the Diamond Stakes at Dundalk on October 1. The Montjeu colt features among 32 entries for this 10-furlong contest.