Saturday 10 December 2016

Quick-fire double for Lyons and Keane

Thomas Kelly

Published 02/07/2016 | 02:30

Larchmont Lad, with Sean Levey up, on the way to winning The Longines Irish Champions Weekend Maiden Stakes at Sandown yesterday Photo: Julian Herbert/PA Wire
Larchmont Lad, with Sean Levey up, on the way to winning The Longines Irish Champions Weekend Maiden Stakes at Sandown yesterday Photo: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

Boyfriend Brian and Harvey Specter combined to give Ger Lyons and Colin Keane a brace at Bellewstown last evening.

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There was a good word for Boyfriend Brian prior to his debut in the opening Auction Maiden for two-year-olds and he was sent off the 5/2 favourite and quickened to the front with well over a furlong to travel.

That superior acceleration sealed matters because his rivals couldn't get near him from that point and he passed the post a comfortable six lengths ahead of Future Frontier.

Harvey Specter also attracted significant market interest in the second race. Backed down from double-figure odds to 6/1, Lyons' charge took the lead off joint-favourite Palmetto Dunes at the furlong pole and stayed on to record a two-and-three-quarter-length verdict.

Ballydoyle's Romanesque knuckled down well in the closing stages of the Anglo Printers Maiden to account for even-money favourite Easy Pass by a couple of lengths.

Nina Carberry rode a confident race on Hostile Fire in the Golden Nugget Casino (QR) Race and drove the Gordon Elliott-trained 7/4 favourite chance out to a comprehensive success.

Irish Independent

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