Sport Horse Racing

Friday 25 May 2018

Hourigan and Heskin supreme at Ballinrobe

Trainer Michael Hourigan. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Trainer Michael Hourigan. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Thomas Kelly

AERLITE SUPREME helped Michael Hourigan and Adrian Heskin to a 35/1 double at Ballinrobe when landing the P & D Lydon Plant Hire Rated Hurdle.

The 5/1 winner looked in real trouble when Usa joined him at the last and hit the front on the run-in, but the Gold Well gelding battled gamely for a neck success.

All the money beforehand was for Noble Inn, which was a further two and three-quarter lengths back in third.

"I didn't think he'd win but he put his head down. I thought the trip would be a bit short," said Hourigan.

"He's not the easiest to train as he's a bit hot in himself. There have been plenty of races he should have won and maybe it was down in immaturity.

"The ear-plugs we put in the last day were in again today although I forgot to put the tongue-strap on. I'm not sure now whether to put that back on him the next time! Hopefully, he'll go to Punchestown now."

Hourigan and Heskin had earlier teamed up to land the opening Ladies Day June 24th Maiden Hurdle courtesy of Holeinthewall Bar (5/1).

The six-year-old took it up from Monroe's Live after two out and never looked like getting caught as he stretched clear of Brownville.

Meanwhile, Willie Mullins has given the clearest indication yet that Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Vautour could be campaigned with a Champion Hurdle tilt in mind next season.

The five-year-old produced a dominant front-running display in the Cheltenham Festival curtain-raiser last month, after which connections appeared to be favouring sending the youngster over fences next term.

However, the champion trainer has suggested either Vautour or stable companion Faugheen, winner of the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, could remain over smaller obstacles.


Davy Condon will be out of action until next week's Punchestown Festival following a fall at Fairyhouse on Monday.

The jockey suffered an arm injury when unseated from Gallant Oscar at the 13th fence in the Boylesports Irish Grand National.

Paul Carberry is also likely to take a week off to recover from bruised ribs he sustained in a fall from Silver Tassie at Fairyhouse.

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