Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 20 January 2018

Ballinrobe doubles for Walsh and Blackmore

Walsh recorded his first winner in routine fashion. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Walsh recorded his first winner in routine fashion. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Champion jockey Ruby Walsh and champion conditional Rachael Blackmore shared the riding honours at Ballinrobe with doubles apiece.

Walsh recorded his first winner in routine fashion as Willie Mullins' 2/5 hotpot Dandy Mag made all for a five-length win in the Sheridan Electric Hurdle for four-year-olds.

The champion jockey went on to complete his double aboard the Pat Collins-trained Hello Sweetie (11/4) which got the better of Blackmore's mount Bendanella in the Mulholland Bookmakers Handicap Chase.

Earlier Walsh and 6/4 favourite Chambord Dy Lys had to play second fiddle to Blackmore in the mares' handicap hurdle as Is She Diesel showed plenty of heart to land the spoils.

Seamus Fahey's well-backed five-year-old (5/1) was always in the van but looked in trouble as the market leader went for home at the fourth last, but Is She Diesel rallied for Blackmore on the turn for home and eventually prevailed by six lengths.

Ronava made it a 65/1 brace for Blackmore with a convincing success in the Killeen Sports Grounds Handicap Hurdle.

Prominent throughout, the Richard Cotter-trained and bred Blueprint gelding asserted approaching the last to defeat Newsworthy by eight lengths.

There was a welcome winner for Arthur Moore in the Audi Ballina Handicap Hurdle as Donagh Melyer guided his Whats The Plot (7/2) to a smooth victory.

Meanwhile, last year's English 2,000 Guineas hero Galileo Gold has been retired after suffering an injury in his run in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury earlier this month.

The Hugo Palmer-trained colt excelled through the early part of the 2016 season, claiming Classic glory at Newmarket before finishing second in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh and winning the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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