Burma Star shines at Ballinrobe as Smullen records double
Derby-winning jockey Pat Smullen took the riding honours at Ballinrobe where he landed a double which was initiated by the victory of Dermot Weld's Burma Star in the ten-furlong maiden.
The well-bred Shamardal filly was backed into 2/1 favourite and hit the front inside the final furlong to beat Remarkable Lady by a length and a quarter.
Smullen's second winner came in the closing 13-furlong maiden courtesy of Joseph Murphy's Swamp Fox which easily justified 15/8 favouritism - scooting eight lengths clear of Princely Conn.
Feature event on the card was the tote.com Handicap over an extended nine furlongs, which produced an exciting finish.
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Paddy Twomey's Ruler Of France emerged a short-head victor as Killian Leonard repeated the front-running tactics that carried the five-year-old to a narrow success at Killarney. The son of Holy Roman Emperor (7/1) was strongly pressed close home, and he only just held the late surge of Daredevil Day.
Willie Mullins was on the mark with Laws Of Spin (7/1) which overcame a nine-month absence and a drift in the market to open his account under Shane Foley.