Friday 28 October 2016

Red letter day for Kennedy

Published 20/06/2015 | 20:06

From Frost (near) beats Duckweed (far)
From Frost (near) beats Duckweed (far)

Young jockey Jack Kennedy enjoyed a big success at Gowran when guiding From Frost to victory in the Ladbrokes Jack Duggan Memorial Handicap Hurdle.

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The 7lb claimer was content to look on from the rear of the field on the Gordon Elliott-trained 10-1 chance, but took closer order at the third last.

Jumping upsides Duckweed at the final flight, From Frost found plenty for pressure to win by three-quarters of a length, with Best Value less than two lengths back in third.

Elliott said: "Jack gave him a good ride and he doesn't do much wrong.

Of From Frost, he added: "He definitely wants good ground and he'll mix it with flat and hurdles."

Neverushacon gave Jessica Harrington an across-the-card double after landing the Morrison BMW Hurdle.

After leading at the third last under Robbie Power, the 7-4 briefly looked in trouble when headed by Dai Bando two out, but rallied well to beat the fast-finishing Vercingetorix by a length and three quarters.

That success added to Harrington's win at Down Royal with Lake Champlain, and the handler said: "He ran badly at the Curragh last time but he'd had three quick runs and I've done nothing with him since.

"I was delighted with the way he jumped considering he's only had one run over hurdles and the others had a lot more experience.

"Robbie said he was doing nothing in front and had his ears pricked.

"He'll mix it with the Flat and hopefully will end up in the four-year-old hurdle at Galway or he could be hijacked into the big amateur handicap."

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