Tuesday 30 May 2017

Townend has all the answers

Paul Townend was the star of the show at Cork yesterday with an eye-catching double.

Townend warmed up for his ride on Arbor Supreme in the Grand National when completing his brace on the Eric McNamara trained Questions Answered in the featured Grade C Easter Handicap Hurdle. Townend, successful in unusual circumstances in the opening race, got Questions Answered home in style for a two-and-a-half length win.

Trainer Eric McNamara said: "Questions Answered is a smashing horse and should make a really nice chaser next season. He is only a five-year-old but has already won three times."

Earlier, Townend was responsible for one of the rides of the season, getting odds-on punters out of a sticky spot, to record an extraordinary win on Willie Mullins' 4/6 favourite Sweet My Lord in the opening Buttevant Maiden Hurdle.

Sweet My Lord led from four out and held a narrow lead, travelling well at the next flight. However the horse appeared to 'step' at the obstacle, almost catapulting Townend out of the saddle, dropped to third (and matched at 31/1 on Betfair) and left the youngster without irons for the last two hurdles.

To Townend's credit, though, he steered the gelding back into contention and a good jump at the final flight, where he moved to the front, helped him record a two and a half lengths win over Northern Rocker.

At Dundalk, the feature Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Race saw a promising sort in the Eddie Lynam-trained Sole Power after he ran out a length and a quarter victor over James Nash's Luisant.

Sunday Independent

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