Monday 20 November 2017

He's got rhythm ups tempo to secure Laytown success

IN-form Tipperary trainer David Marnane hailed the efforts of Robbie McNamara, after the rider steered He's Got Rhythm to victory at Laytown yesterday.

The annual beach meeting is a truly unique occasion and 9/2 shot He's Got Rhythm rose to the challenge in the (QR) Handicap.

Stablemate Qadar was a winner at the fixture last year and was sent off the 4/1 joint-favourite, but had no answer to McNamara's mount as he dug deep to prevail by two and a half lengths.

"He's Got Rhythm is a lovely, tough horse which goes on any ground and Robbie gave him a super ride," said Marnane.

Laois-based handler Shane Duffy enjoyed a day to remember as Hello Man gave him a first career success on the level in the Balmarino Handicap. Sent off at 10/1, the two-and-a-half-length victor was also a first winner at the track for jockey Gary Carroll.

"I train 13 horses, mostly point- to-pointers, and this is my only Flat horse. It's great to get this first winner," Duffy said.

Johnny Murtagh is still waiting for his first winner at Laytown after 9/4 favourite Romeo's On Fire could only finish third behind Ger Lyons stablemate Cosmic Breeze.

Northern Rocked obliged favourite backers at odds of 5/2 as he landed the Gilna's Cottage Inn Maiden under Pat Smullen.

Meanwhile, at Goodwood yesterday, Ryan Moore looked like he had never been away with a 111/1 three-timer, his first winners since August 9. The reigning British champion jockey only returned last Thursday after a wrist injury and he had to be pretty physical for a neck success on Indigo Way (11/2) in the nursery.

Moore later powered up the stands side on 10/11 favourite Longliner in the 10-furlong maiden, before completing the hat-trick on Compton Blue (8/1) in the one-mile handicap.

Irish Independent

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