Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lyons and Keane take spoils with Bellewstown double

Ger Lyons
Ger Lyons

Thomas Kelly

Ger Lyons took the training honours at Bellewstown, where he combined with stable jockey Colin Keane for a first-and-last-race 12/1 double.

Mint Chai struck first for the Lyons-Keane axis as the 9/2 shot broke his maiden tag on his fifth outing in the opening juvenile contest.

The son of Roderic O'Connor looked in trouble when coming under a drive in fourth place at the two-furlong pole, but he responded well to Keane's urgings and stayed on strongly to edge out favourite Ample Sufficiency by half a length.

The pair had to wait until the concluding conditions event to complete their brace courtesy of Chapter Seven, which had little difficulty in landing the spoils.

The 11/8 second favourite sat in third for most of the journey as Altruistic set the pace, but once Keane sent him to challenge the leader at the two-furlong pole, the outcome was never in doubt and he comfortably pulled four and a half lengths clear at the line.

The Damian English-trained Cash Or Casualty, a model of consistency all year, rewarded punters who made him 11/10 favourite as he made virtually all for Donagh O'Connor in division one of the mile handicap.

Irish Independent

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