Double delight for Condon
DAVY Condon made a profitable journey to Downpatrick yesterday when the Cork rider booted home a near 10/1 double.
There was little Condon had to do to register his first win as Noel Meade's London Bridge took the Winner Alright Hurdle with ease. The jockey barely had to move a muscle as the 9/4 joint-favourite cantered to a 12-length success over Makhaaleb.
"He surprised me with the ease with which he won," said Meade. "The slow pace suited as he got confidence in what he was doing -- he may go to Galway for a handicap hurdle if he comes out of this okay."
The jockey had to work much harder to complete his brace on Latin Connection in the staying maiden Hurdle. The Stuart Crawford-trained gelding travelled well for much of the journey, but Condon had to get after his mount approaching the final flight and the partnership stayed on well for a eight-length success over Budtairis.
The opening two-and-a-quarter-mile maiden hurdle went to Donal Kinsella's Lonesome Maverick with a fine front-running performance under Tom Treacy to record a six-length success over Nodelay.
High Talk, whose only previous success came at the track last May, struck again in the staying handicap hurdle for the trainer-jockey combo of Mark McNiff and Mikey Butler. The 12/1 shot responded well to the urgings of Butler to get the better of a duel with Lord Friday by six lengths.
Colin Bowe's Glibin ended a series of runner-up efforts when making no mistake in the mares bumper.
Barry O'Neill sent his mount to the front with three furlongs to run and the odds-on favourite always had too much in hand for Court Lexi.
"She was due that. The horse she was second to at Bellewstown (Fleur De Nuit) went on to win a Flat race by 13 lengths. She'll go for a maiden hurdle next on good ground," said Bowe.
The concluding bumper went to the David O'Brien-trained Golden Desert which relished the stiff finish to see off Brough Academy.