Madden back to winning ways
NIALL 'Slippers' Madden made a successful comeback from injury when guiding Salesin to victory at Wexford yesterday.
Trained by his father Niall 'Boots' Madden, Salesin (16/1) showed his liking for the south-east air as the gelding's victory in the Black Point Handicap Hurdle was his third at the track -- scoring by six lengths ahead of Red Key.
Madden was having his first ride in almost six weeks having suffered head injuries from a fall off Bella Mana Mou at Naas.
The Mouse Morris-trained Baily Rock (12/1) won on his eighth start over fences under Andrew McNamara in the beginners' chase, seeing off No One Tells Me by four lengths.
The opening maiden hurdle was taken by Mayo Mystique for trainer Philip Rothwell and jockey Declan Bates, while the John Murphy-trained Whatsabillion finished strongly under David Splaine to edge out Model County Lass in the Oysters Point Handicap Hurdle.
At Dundalk, the Ger Lyons-trained Bible Black came unstuck in the opening juvenile auction maiden. Backed into 2/5 favourite, Bible Black had no response when headed inside the final furlong by Ballydoyle newcomer Ishvana.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly (6/1) edged right in order to gain an opening over a furlong out and in the process made contact with Naseem Sea, resulting in a stewards' enquiry.
Seamie Heffernan's mount was confirmed the length-and-a-half winner from Bible Black following the enquiry.