Perino sparks stunning double
Ken Condon and Declan McDonogh took the honours at Bellewstown last night with an 87/1 double.
First to strike for the pair was Perino in the Aviva Drogheda Maiden at 10/1. After making a decent debut last summer she had been off the track for a year when she made a less than satisfactory seasonal reappearance at the Curragh. She appreciated the drop in trip and flew home to beat Ibelieveinmiracles.
"She hasn't been easy to train. She has had soundness issues. We've lowered our sights though and they produced nice ground here this evening," said Condon.
"The smaller field and the fact that she was calmer before the race helped her here and she was also wearing blinkers for the first time."
Third Intention (7/1) had hinted at ability in three previous starts and took up the running some way out in the Castleview Homes Maiden to score easily.
"Declan knew he was on a strong stayer so that's why he was so forceful on him. He'll make a smashing jumper in time even though he is still quite raw," added Condon.
Gordon Elliott enjoyed a fantastic time at Perth over the previous week with six winners and was on the mark again with a nice prospect in Bacher Boy in the Sam Dennigan & Co Hurdle. Paul Carberry was in the saddle.
"That's the end of a brilliant week. This is great for Sean [Gallagher, owner] as he is a Bellewstown man and it is his first winner here," said Elliott. "It is happy days for the both of us as Sean hit the crossbar here a couple of times last night."
Your Busy (6/1), owned by rugby star Ronan O'Gara, took the Bellewstown Golfcourse Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Alan Crowe.