Lean And Keen takes Ballinrobe prize for Byrne
There was a remarkable outcome to the featured www.thetote.com Handicap at Ballinrobe last night when Lean And Keen galloped to an astonishing 15-length success.
Sean Byrne's charge had no problem with the deteriorating underfoot conditions as the 2/1 second favourite eased clear from his exhausted rivals in the hands of Pat Smullen.
Despite the race being over less than ten furlongs, it was 15 lengths back to runner-up Hurricane Twister which had galloped a further 21 lengths clear of favourite Marshall Jennings in third.
Market leaders Aared and Swordfight produced a thrilling finish to the following maiden with the latter just proving too strong.
The pair dominated as soon as the gates opened and traded blows throughout the contest but it was Swordfight which found most for Wayne Lordan in the closing stages, eventually prevailing by a neck.
At the track's all-jumps card this evening, the in-form Gordon Elliott looks to hold a strong hand with the Co Meath handler having decent prospects in five of the first six races.
Mr Steadfast is the Elliott representative in the opening maiden hurdle and Paul Carberry's mount will carry plenty support in the ring after a string of consistent runs. While he finished behind Trainstation at Bellewstown, the soft ground might suit him better than his old rival.
Elliott's best chance of the evening should lie with Vercingetorix in the Monroes Live Hurdle. After pulling clear of the rest when losing out to Raes Creek by a neck at Downpatrick, he looks good enough to beat Aminabad.
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