Martin's Guy hits form to land gamble at Down Royal
Published 03/05/2011 | 05:00
Tony Martin was back in the winner's enclosure at Down Royal yesterday when his Golan Guy landed a gamble for connections in the opening maiden hurdle with a fine ride from Davy Condon.
The six-year-old was backed from 5/1 in the morning into a returned price of 9/4 joint-favourite and won a shade cosily from Doux Douce despite idling in the closing stages.
Paul Nolan's Politeo took the featured two-and-a-half mile handicap chase in the colours of Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud. The French-bred five-year-old was backed from 4/1 into 2/1 favourite and quickly asserted when approaching the second last by jockey Michael Doran.
James Nolan, representing brother Paul, said: "The light weight helped and he jumped great. He is better on that ground and the stiff fences suited. I wouldn't rule out a reappearance at Punchestown later in the week."
Paul Carberry landed a double on the David Kelly-trained Like The Da in the handicap hurdle and Gordon Elliott's Cottage Oak, which won the beginners chase easily.
Rowdy Rampage continued a great day for favourite backers when scoring by 25 lengths in the hunters chase. The Mark O'Hare-ridden winner was the fifth straight market leader to oblige on the card, but his task was made easier when other joint-favourite Unanswered exited four fences from home.
"I was confident we would have won had the other horse stayed in. Rowdy Rampage is a good jumper. He will go back point-to-pointing Friday week at Enniskillen," said winning trainer Liam Lennon.
Meanwhile, Nina Carberry took the concluding bumper on second favourite Trabajo trained by John 'Shark' Hanlon.