Sport Horse Racing

Monday 23 April 2018

Akasaka wraps up double for in-form Lynam

Thomas Kelly

EDDIE LYNAM landed a double at Dundalk to underline the fact that his Meath yard is in terrific form heading into the July Cup at Newmarket today.

The trainer, who runs his crack sprinters Sole Power and Slade Power in the Group One event, must have been delighted with the victories of Akasaka and Veronica Falls.

Akasaka (11/10 favourite) led home a one-two for the stable when making all the running in the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Claiming Race under Ronan Whelan, resisting the determined effort of stablemate Iron Major in the same colours by half a length.

Pat Smullen had done the honours on Veronica Falls (13/2), which kept going strongly to hold the challenge of Shes No Joke by three-quarters of a length in the Hibernia Steel Ltd Maiden.

Redera found the two-mile trip to his liking as he ran out a convincing winner of the feature Download Our App Handicap.

Tony Martin's well-supported 9/2 shot was held up in the rear for most of the way but travelled sweetly up towards the leaders coming down the straight, and when Wayne Lordan pressed the button he stretched away to score by three lengths from Solo Performer.

The trainer said: "That's great for the little horse. He's done his pelvis and everything, but he keeps coming back. He is real honest and genuine.

"I doubt he will go to Galway. He disappointed there before and I think that was due to his pelvis, so we'll keep him to level tracks like Cork and Killarney. He will mix it between the Flat and jumps now."

The Tom McCourt-trained My Good Brother (7/1) turned in an eye-catching display to win the Marshes Shopping Centre Handicap on his return to all-weather racing, clearing away to score by five and a half lengths under Ian Brennan.

Gatamalata (10/1) finally broke her duck as she led all the way under Shane Foley in the first division of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Handicap, while Liberty To Rock (8/1) held on grimly in the hands of Kevin Manning in the second division.

In Cork, C'est La Mode got off the mark on the 13th time of asking, as she took the Mares Handicap Hurdle on just her fourth start for Tom Mullins.

The six-year-old daughter of Presenting was formerly trained by Dick Donohoe.

Odds-on favourite Oilily took the opener in convincing fashion under Ruby Walsh, who was partnering Sean Byrne's mare for the first time.

Meanwhile, Colm O'Donoghue hopes to be back in action in time for the Galway Festival at the end of the month after fracturing his collarbone three weeks ago.

"I got the stitches out on Thursday so now I have to get physio on it and meet with my surgeon to see when I can come back," he said.

Irish Independent

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