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Monday 21 April 2014

O'Brien hits new heights at Clonmel

Terence O'Brien's remarkable season continued at Clonmel, when Carhue and Viaduct Joey landed gambles to secure the Carrigtwohill handler his first double under rules.

Both horses were ridden by O'Brien's fellow Cork native Paul Townend, who drove Carhue, backed from 10/1 into a 6/1 SP, past the Davy Russell-ridden Security Breach halfway up the run-in to take the opening maiden hurdle.

The 2011 champion jockey gained a similarly late advantage on Viaduct Joey to complete the 62/1 brace in the €14,500 novices' handicap chase. The seven-year-old (8/1 from 10/1) scored by a couple of lengths from Mazuri Cowboy, with favourite Clashnabrook third.

Viaduct Joey's win was a 10th of the season for O'Brien, who enjoyed the biggest success of his career when Farrells Fancy plundered a €50,000 pot at Leopardstown last month and hit a personal-best tally of eight winners when Ibetellingyoualie won at Clonmel recently.

Bryan Cooper also bagged a double on the card, with the Tralee-born rider excelling on Canaly (2/1) for Dessie Hughes in the Powerstown Chase, the partnership edging out the Russell-ridden Belle Brook by a short-head on the line.

Cooper initiated the 50/1 duo on the Mouse Morris-trained Rathlin, which relished the switch back to hurdles to foil Willie Mullins' odds-on Unika Le Reconce in the conditions hurdle.

winners, winners, winners

IT paid to follow Richard Forristal's selections at Clonmel yesterday. His nap Blazing Sonnet was the first of four recommendations to oblige at odds of 6/4. 'Next best' Canaly followed up at 2/1 and he also tipped Viaduct Joey (8/1) and Fiery Oscar (5/2) for a four-timer at odds of 235/1.

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