Thursday 30 March 2017

Soccer stars O'Shea and Hunt on target with Devote

Thomas Kelly

OWNED by Irish soccer stars John O'Shea and Stephen Hunt, St Devote scored the biggest win of his career as he landed yesterday's Kilbegnet EBF Novice Chase at Roscommon.

Sent off an 8/1 chance for the Grade Three event after winning one of his five previous starts over fences, jockey Barry Geraghty just had to keep him up to his work in the two-mile contest as he held off Nakajima Nate by three-quarters of a length, with De Valira third.

The six-year-old is owned by the Dubs V's Culchies Syndicate which includes Sunderland player O'Shea and Wolves winger Hunt.

Eddie O'Connell brought Onzo Mor with a well-timed challenge to land the Kiltoom Handicap Chase.

Jockey Andrew Lynch -- recently returned from injury -- partnered his fourth winner in five days when steering Henry De Bromhead's 4/9 favourite House Rules to make all in the All Creatures Veterinary Novice Hurdle.

Shay Barry teamed up with Hannah Lee to capture the closing maiden hurdle with useful bumper performer Just For Joe.

Aidan O'Brien is busy readying So You Think for Sunday's 'Arc' and his son Joseph extricated 5/2 favourite Foot Soldier from an awkward position before catching Golden Halo and Lord Jim in the shadows of the post.

Jim Bolger's Alabelle (14/1) thwarted the late challenge of odds-on favourite Kasanka in the fillies' maiden.

Irish Independent

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