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O'Connell lands 1,364/1 treble

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Clan Tara, with Eddie O'Connell up. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Clan Tara, with Eddie O'Connell up. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Clan Tara, with Eddie O'Connell up. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

EDDIE O'CONNELL was the toast of Tramore last night after he bagged a superb 1,364/1 treble courtesy of The Bold Beckey (20/1), Coldstonesober (4/1) and Molinero (12/1).

The last-named prevailed in a dramatic race for the Tramore Racecourse Supporters Club Handicap Chase.

The two-mile-six-furlong event saw a number of fallers and a potentially very nasty incident narrowly averted as a track worker was forced to dive through the running rail to avoid the field.

O'Connell said: "That's my third treble but my first as a fully-fledged professional which is great. My previous two trebles were as a 7lb claimer at Ballinrobe and Downpatrick."

"Coming here today I'd have been happy if one or two had been placed never mind having a winner and it's fantastic to ride a treble."

He added of the Jimmy Finn-trained Molinero, who was winning for the first time on his 42nd start: "It wasn't the plan to make the running but he popped out, jumped well and travelled well."

It was a double for Finn, who was also responsible for Coldstonesober.

On an incident-packed card, there was controversy in the opener when favourite Wilde Sapphire was left hopelessly at the start when facing the wrong direction, in a race eventually won by Kalaroa.

The stewards inquired into matters for an hour and while allowing the result to stand, they did refer the matter on to the Turf Club for further investigation. Paddy Power refunded bets on Wilde Sapphire.


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