Friday 23 February 2018

Lad quick to make amends after Sligo setback

Ongenstown Lad let down favourite-backers when unseating his rider at Sligo, but he made amends with an emphatic victory in the JF Hanley Handicap Hurdle at Roscommon last night.

Gillian Callaghan's progressive seven-year-old coasted in by five lengths in the hands of Davy Condon. The 7/1 shot took over at the front jumping the third-last and soon had the race won, his jockey easing away to beat Lea Lady.

Andrew Lynch saddled a double initiated by Roley, which belied his 16/1 odds when putting in a brave front-running display under Tim Carroll to take the beginners' chase..

Lynch then struck in the handicap chase with the Robbie Colgan-ridden Ahorsecalledmolly, which beat off Pistol Jack and then Jamsie Hall.

Why But Why looked to have the three-year-old maiden hurdle sewn up going to the last, but he put in an untidy jump and Tom Doyle forced Kieran Purcell's 20/1 outsider Burrenbridge Lodge past him to win narrowly.

There was a nasty incident at the first here when Roman Flight dived sharply left, giving David Casey a horrible fall, and the veteran jockey was treated for some time on the track by the medics.

Tony Martin's 4/5 favourite Undertheboardwalk took the first division of the Dysart Maiden Hurdle, while in the second division, Prayer From Heaven pulled out all the stops for Eddie Power to hold off the Eddie O'Connell-ridden Walden Prince by a head, but was then demoted for interference to Denis Cullen's charge.

Meanwhile, English jumps trainer Howard Johnson was left last night with his career in limbo after the conclusion of an inquiry into alleged breaches of rules governing horse welfare.

Johnson admitted the most serious accusation, that he had run the chaser Striking Article after the horse had undergone denerving surgery while in his care, but claimed he was unaware of the rule that states he should not have done so.

The trainer was informed of the British Horseracing Authority's ruling, but the BHA disciplinary panel will not announce any penalties, along with its verdict and reasons, concerning the charges until next week.

Irish Independent

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