Hoban and Halford team up for double
CONOR HOBAN partnered Hazledoc and Rummaging to victory at Dundalk to secure a double for the Mick Halford team.
The jockey put the first one on the scoreboard when he got Hazledoc (7/2) home by a nose in a tight finish to the Horse Racing Returns Friday 3rd January 2014 Nursery after the juvenile rallied to beat the gutsy Fight U For It by a nose.
The trainer said: "That was an important nose! It's always nice to win with the fillies as two-year-olds, and they were at it from a long way out. She still has a bit of growing to do, so I imagine she'll improve a good bit. She'll want nice-ish ground and will get further."
Then 9/4 favourite Rummaging, which was going well but looking for a gap in the closing stages, burst through to collar Antiquus close home for a half-length victory in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Awards 2013 Handicap.
Vector Force had found one too good in all three runs leading up to the Dundalk Stadium Racecourse Of The Year Maiden, but he was sent off the 4/6 favourite to put that right and snapped up the opportunity.
Colin Keane got away quickly and was soon at the head of affairs on Ger Lyons' juvenile, and he kept on strongly down the straight to see off Shanooan by a length and a half.
Shane Lyons, the winning trainer's brother and assistant, said: "It was a well-deserved success and I think seven furlongs would be his minimum trip. He was only doing enough up the straight and he'll obviously want further.
"He was professional about the way he did it and was professional to come back quickly after running last week. He'll get a nice rest for the winter now.
"I'm delighted for his owners Vincent and Geraldine Gaul, who have had eight seconds this year but this is their first winner. It's a nice Christmas present for them."