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Lyons and Keane take spoils with Bellewstown double

Thomas Kelly

Published 27/08/2015 | 02:30

Ger Lyons
Ger Lyons

Ger Lyons took the training honours at Bellewstown, where he combined with stable jockey Colin Keane for a first-and-last-race 12/1 double.

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Mint Chai struck first for the Lyons-Keane axis as the 9/2 shot broke his maiden tag on his fifth outing in the opening juvenile contest.

The son of Roderic O'Connor looked in trouble when coming under a drive in fourth place at the two-furlong pole, but he responded well to Keane's urgings and stayed on strongly to edge out favourite Ample Sufficiency by half a length.

The pair had to wait until the concluding conditions event to complete their brace courtesy of Chapter Seven, which had little difficulty in landing the spoils.

The 11/8 second favourite sat in third for most of the journey as Altruistic set the pace, but once Keane sent him to challenge the leader at the two-furlong pole, the outcome was never in doubt and he comfortably pulled four and a half lengths clear at the line.

The Damian English-trained Cash Or Casualty, a model of consistency all year, rewarded punters who made him 11/10 favourite as he made virtually all for Donagh O'Connor in division one of the mile handicap.

Irish Independent

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