Tuesday 12 December 2017

Heart seals double for Ross

Thomas Kelly

Westmeath trainer Cecil Ross and jockey Robbie Colgan were the men to follow last night at Sligo where the pair combined for a quick-fire double.

Lisrenny Lady got the ball rolling when she quickened up in style to land the opening mares maiden hurdle as 15/8 market leader. Relishing the soft ground conditions, the seven-year-old won by four and a half lengths from morning gamble Some Say.

"I was worried about running her so soon after Killarney last week. I was also worried about going right-handed as all her best form is on left-handed tracks," said Ross. "I'm tempted to give her a fortnight in a field and bring her back for Bellewstown."

Ross and Colgan completed their brace in the following race when Son Of My Heart justified market support to power home by eight lengths in the colts and geldings maiden hurdle.

The American-bred gelding was backed from 4/1 to 9/4 favouritism and saw the trip out well to score from Edward O'Grady's Estrella Brage.

The father and son team of Niall 'Boots' and Niall 'Slippers' Madden teamed up to win the two mile, two furlong handicap hurdle with 25/1 outsider Highdownhill.

The six-year-old came from off the pace to win by three and a half lengths, with 16/1 shot Heavenly Bound runner-up after making a mistake at the last.

'Slippers' Madden then doubled up when guiding 20/1 outsider Tin Town Boy, from the Harry Rogers yard, to victory in the two mile handicap hurdle.

Edward Cawley's Make My Night wore down front-running Madame Mado after the last flight to win the mares handicap hurdle by two lengths, while James Halpin's Shady Pines scored under Tom Doyle in the two-mile maiden hurdle.

Irish Independent

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