Sunday 25 September 2016

Walsh keeps run going with treble at Sligo

Thomas Kelly

Published 01/10/2015 | 02:30

Mark Walsh (pictured) completed a treble at Sligo yesterday
Mark Walsh (pictured) completed a treble at Sligo yesterday

Mark Walsh completed a treble at Sligo yesterday to maintain his recent run of successes.

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Walsh steered Perfect Woman (3/1 fav) to victory in the opening Beginners' Chase - but only after some late drama.

Jesmond Lodge was proving a tough nut to crack out in front and still appeared to hold a marginal advantage when approaching the final fence.

However, a crashing fall saw her hand victory to Mick Winters' mare who went on to score by two-and-a-half lengths.

Walsh completed a quick double 30 minutes later as Badgerfort stayed on best of all to get the better of Vicangelome by half a length in the Frank O'Beirne Memorial Beginners' Chase.

He then brought up the treble aboard Shantou Flyer (9/10 fav) which just prevailed following a terrific finish to the Foley's Bar & Off Licence Chase.

Racegoers were treated to some dramatic finishes all afternoon and this one was no different with the well-backed market leader just getting the better of Shadow Catcher by half a length following a protracted duel.

All of the jockeys in the Frank O'Beirne Memorial Beginners' Chase were found guilty of disobeying the starter and causing a false start and were suspended for between two and three days.

Irish Independent

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