Lynam 'Power' to the fore again with Fairyhouse double
Eddie Lynam was the trainer to follow at Fairyhouse last night as the Meath handler completed a quickfire 23/1 double at this local track
First up for Lynam was the victory of Mr Good Guy in the seven-furlong claimer, although it was his stablemate Iron Major which was expected to land the spoils as he was sent off the well-backed 8/15 favourite.
Mattydillon made much of the early running, tracked closely by Mr Good Guy whose jockey Colm O'Donoghue drove his mount into the lead a furlong and a half from home.
Showing the benefit of wearing cheekpieces for the first time, the four-year-old - running in the colours of the trainer's wife Aileen - kept on well in the closing stages to beat Six Of Hearts by over two lengths with Iron Major a disappointing third. Lynam's brace was completed by the success of Captain Power in the six-furlong maiden, in which the 2/1 joint favourite led home a 1-2 for the yard as Robbie Downey's mount got the better of stablemate Future Icon by a length and three-quarters.
Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen wasted little time in making their mark as they landed the opening auction maiden with Rich Jade after a thrilling finish. Trenchtown Rock took the four-runner field along in the seven-furlong contest but was headed two furlongs out by Rich Jade, which was sent off the 2/1 second favourite.
The Moyglare Stud-owned filly was tackled by 9/10 favourite Sevenleft and the pair were locked together in the final furlong. There was nothing in it as they flashed past the post and the judge was left to split them with the nose verdict going to the Weld representative.
There were big boosts for both Roscommon and Gowran Park yesterday after major grants were approved for both tracks under the HRI Capital Development scheme.
Roscommon will carry out major refurbishments with a total projected spend of close to €1 million, which qualifies for grant aid of over €370,000. Gowran will receive grant aid of almost €175,000 for projects costing in the region of €435,000.
Meanwhile, Ruby Walsh was at yesterday's launch of the Jog For Jockeys fundraiser which will take place on August 23 at the Curragh.
This will be the fifth anniversary of Jog For Jockeys and organisers are hoping it will raise much-needed funds for the Irish Injured Jockeys' Fund. Participants can run, jog or walk the 5k or 10k routes across the Curragh and up the home straight.