Tuesday 11 December 2018

Blackmore on the double as Ellie Mac hits mark to honour Berkeley victims

'Blackmore (p) struck again on Ellie Mac for Henry de Bromhead in the two-and-a-half mile novice chase.' Photo: Sportsfile
'Blackmore (p) struck again on Ellie Mac for Henry de Bromhead in the two-and-a-half mile novice chase.' Photo: Sportsfile

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It was a case of another day, another double for Rachael Blackmore at Tipperary as she made it four wins in the space of two days at the venue.

Her first win came aboard Joseph O'Brien's Young Turk in the staying beginners chase. Sent to the front before the final fence, the 5/1 chance kept on well to score by a length and three-parts, despite idling slightly on the run-in.

This completed a brace for the trainer as O'Brien's Choungaya (8/1) claimed the opening maiden hurdle under Mark Walsh.

Blackmore struck again on Ellie Mac for Henry de Bromhead in the two-and-a-half mile novice chase.

Returned the 9/10 favourite, this five-year-old mare led after the second-last and extended her advantage from the final fence, going on to prevail by five lengths.

The winning trainer said afterwards: "I'm delighted for the lads (the Niccolai Schuster Horse Racing Club). She has brought everyone a lot of fun and is going from strength to strength."

Niccolai Schuster tragically lost his life in the Berkeley balcony collapse in 2015, with the winning club made up of his family and friends.

Blackmore was not the only one in double form, with O'Brien and Gigginstown House Stud also completing a brace.

On the mark with the aforementioned Young Turk, they also tasted success with Choungaya in the opening Join The Tipperary Supporter's Club Maiden Hurdle.

Ridden by Mark Walsh, the son of Walk In The Park was returned an 8-1 shot, coming home four and three parts of a length to the good over Pike County.

Hey Groovy was a surprise 12-1 winner of the Follow Tipperary Races On Facebook Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Mary B (2-5 favourite) was expected to take this two-and-a-half-mile heat, but she unseated at the fifth-last, with Hey Groovy eventually coming out on top under Danny Mullins for John Burke.

Oh'herewego (7-1) recorded his third win from his last four starts in the Follow Tipperary Races On Twitter Handicap Hurdle, while Native Lass (7-2) got a deserved win to her name in the Tipperary Handicap Chase.

The concluding Season Finale INH Flat Race went to First Approach, with this Noel Meade-trained gelding justifying 11-8 favouritism under Mark O'Hare.

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