lynch shines 'in the dark'
Sabrina Harty's Won In The Dark ended his sequence of 19 runs without a win as he battled gamely to capture the M.D.O'Shea & Sons Hurdle at Killarney last night.
A former Grade One-winning hurdler, the eight-year-old hit the front as they entered the straight but was soon passed by Flycorn.
But under an inspirational ride from Andrew Lynch, the gelding showed great spirit to rally and kept on best on the run-in to score by half a length. Eoin Doyle's veteran The Fonze pulled up and had to be put down after suffering a suspected heart attack.
At Killarney this evening, Davy Russell has prospects of landing both novice chases in the colours of his retainer Michael O'Leary.
In the opener, he has the leg-up on the enigmatic His Excellency. Gordon Elliott's four-year-old has lost more races than he has won, but he does possess plenty of ability and with good ground forecast, Russell might edge him home on his chasing debut.
The Cork rider will be looking forward to taking the reins on another Elliott fencing debutant, Carlito Brigante, in the stayers' contest. This former Cheltenham winner will have to adapt to the larger obstacles, but he should have too much class for Awkward Moment.
As for the Flat races on the card, Tommy Stack saddles three interesting contenders, beginning with Van Rooney in the extended mile maiden. Wayne Lordan's mount ran well in several maidens last year, but his lack of a recent run counts against him and the vote goes to Lucciola.
Stack's Croi An Or is taken to give Lordan compensation in the featured handicap, while the pair's Parkers Mills is passed over in favour of The Real Article in the last.