Snap defies slip to score at rain-disrupted Ballinrobe
THERE was drama on and off the track at Ballinrobe last night when the third and fourth races on the card were abandoned due to a slippery surface caused by heavy rain.
After some showers fell before the opening median auction maiden, several horses in the race appeared to lose their balance on the bend past the stands, with favourite Super Say slipping and losing his action badly.
Afterwards, the stewards met with a group of riders who voiced concerns about the track.
Some remedial work involving sanding the offending bend took place before the second race, which started some 19 minutes late.
While that five-runner race passed off without incident, the Flat jockeys involved were still of the opinion that the track was unsafe.
After meeting a further delegation of jockeys, some trainers and track manager John Flannelly, the stewards abandoned the remaining two Flat races but the three hurdle races went ahead.
Despite being among those to slip, the opening race went to the Joanna Morgan-trained Snap Alam in the hands of Pat Smullen, who said: "We were very lucky to stand up when she slipped on one of the early bends."
Smullen doubled up in the next contest when linking up with Dermot Weld to partner 7/4 favourite Anaverna to victory in the EBF Fillies Race. Alan Crowe was seen to good effect aboard Your Busy after he claimed the Mulholland Bookmakers Maiden Hurdle in the colours of Irish rugby out-half Ronan O'Gara.
The John O'Shea-trained Gudnis Gracious Me, meanwhile, took the ITBA Mares Handicap Hurdle under a commanding ride by Sean McDermott.