Economy class for Hourigans
IT was a day of doubles at Listowel yesterday as Fran Berry and Shane Foley shared the riding honours and Michael Hourigan took the training spoils with a brace apiece.
Berry was off the mark early as he took the opening auction maiden with Jessica Harrington's impressive 2/1 favourite One Fine Day.
The daughter of Choisir was held up just behind the leaders as the Tommy Stack-trained Romantic Stroll attempted to make all but had no answer once Berry sent the market leader to the front in the straight.
The jockey completed his double in the colours of JP McManus as he guided the Charles O'Brien-trained Stocktons Wing to a smooth success in the mile handicap for three-year-olds.
The 7/2 joint favourite was always travelling well and challenged in the centre of the track up the straight to beat Forgiving Light by two lengths.
Foley initiated his brace aboard the Tony Mullins-trained Naked Cowboy which denied Mountain Mama in the St John's Literary Handicap.
Sent off the 5/2 favourite, Foley held up his mount as Enough Is Enough attempted to make all under Epsom Oaks-winning rider Seamie Heffernan. However, Heffernan's mount was caught inside the final furlong by Mountain Mama which looked sure to score until Naked Cowboy stormed home to take the spoils by a neck.
Foley completed his brace as he got bottom-weight Rock On Ciara up to take the George Fitzmaurice Handicap over a mile for trainer Joe Murphy. Dermot Weld's 10/3 favourite Swerve attempted to make all but she couldn't fend off the late challenge of Rock On Ciara and went down by a neck.
Weld was also out of luck in the Bryan MacMahon Qualified Riders Race as even-money favourite Notable Graduate was overturned by Hourigan's False Economy which got a fine ride from the trainer's daughter, Laura.
The winning son of Orpen was well supported -- backed from 6/1 into 4/1 -- and while Notable Graduate hit the front over a furlong out under Nina Carberry, False Economy challenged strongly to score by half a length.
The Patrickswell, Co Limerick handler wasted little time in notching a 24/1 brace as he sent out Dingaling to land the handicap hurdle in the hands of Mark Walsh, and the win also completed a double for owner McManus.
"He had a good run at Killarney last time and he was in here off near bottom weight," said the trainer. "He'll go for another handicap next and the better the ground, the better he is. He should develop into a nice horse."