Sunday 4 December 2016

Treble delight for Lynam at Naas

Thomas Kelly

Published 04/07/2016 | 02:30

Lynam “I’ve been training 33 years and this is my first treble. It’s a special day.” Picture: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Lynam “I’ve been training 33 years and this is my first treble. It’s a special day.” Picture: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Eddie Lynam recorded his first treble in 33 years as a trainer, with Future Icon, Ottilie and Whiskey Sour doing the business at Naas.

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Future Icon (11/2) began the three-timer when brought with a late run by Ana O'Brien to take the Caremark Kildare & West Dublin Apprentice Handicap.

Having got off the mark at the 16th attempt over six furlongs 11 days earlier, the four-year-old overcame trouble in running to beat I Will Excel by a length and three-quarters.

"As you can see from her swishing her tail (in the parade ring afterwards), she is not completely straightforward," said Lynam.

"Ana was good on her but Oisin (Orr) will be sick as he had the pick of the two (and rode Frosty Dream, unplaced)."

Ottilie (3/1 favourite) got up in the last half-furlong to beat Girl Of The Hour in the Irish Stallion Farms Fillies Maiden.

Having shown promise in her latest start, the twice-raced daughter of High Chaparral found plenty as she came home two lengths to the good from Girl Of The Hour.

"She had a bit of a hold-up after her last run, and I was hoping she would win," said Lynam.

"Wayne (Lordan) thought she was nice and it's nice to train a winner for Lady O'Reilly again. She will go for a handicap."

Whiskey Sour (9/2) was the last to score in the Micheal Higgins & Co Handicap to snatch the prize by a short head from Tony The Gent under Pat Smullen, who was completing a double following the earlier victory of Firey Speech.

"He battled like he did in Galway last year," said Lynam. "He won't let you down in a fight. Pat said he just got stopped at a crucial time halfway up the straight and would have been an unlucky loser.

"Pat liked him and he'll probably go for the mile handicap for three-year-olds at Galway, although I don't think we'll get the same jockey the next day. I'll be pleasantly surprised if Dermot (Weld) doesn't have anything.

"I've been training 33 years and this is my first treble. It's a special day."

Meanwhile, at Limerick, Brian O'Connell was reported to have suffered a collar bone injury in his fall from Dramatic Event at the second-last flight in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap Hurdle, won by the Lesley Young-trained Fleurys Fort (8-1) under Ryan Treacy.

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