Downpatrick double for Lambe and Hughes
TYRONE-based trainer James Lambe and jockey Brian Hughes were the men to follow at Downpatrick yesterday as they combined for a 149/1 double.
The pair first combined to land the opening handicap hurdle with Daytime Dreamer (9/1), which finished strongly to edge out Bank The Bucks by a half-length.
Kingsmoss (14/1) completed the brace as he got up in the last stride to deny another market leader, Drumlister, by the narrowest of margins in the Win an iPad Handicap Steeplechase.
"I thought that, maybe on his first run back after a break, he wasn't full ready but Brian gave him a super ride and he'll improve for it," said Lambe.
The hunter chase went to Enda Bolger's Mount Sion, which managed to get his jumping act together by making all under Nina Carberry. The son of Beneficial moved to the front from an early stage and kept up the gallop, scoring comfortably from Kanesh.
Across the water, one of the sport's newest partnerships maintained a perfect record at Leicester yesterday to set up a tilt at Royal Ascot.
Powerful owner Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum joined forces with reigning champion trainer Richard Hannon for the first time this season and the exciting two-year-old Jalaa made it two winners from two runners for the pair.
The well-bred Jalaa, a Street Cry half-brother to Jim Bolger's 2008 Dewhurst Stakes winner Intense Focus, strode clear for an impressive debut success and has Ascot's Coventry Stakes in 13 days' time as his target.
The colt, ridden by another of the Sheikh's new signings this term, Paul Hanagan, took yesterday's six-furlong contest by two and a half lengths. "We were a bit worried about the soft ground," said assistant trainer Richard Hannon Jnr, "but he's won this very well."
Hanagan went on to record a 252/1 treble courtesy of wins aboard Lady Loch (12/1) and Silvanus (11/2).