Friday 22 November 2019

Martin's Guy hits form to land gamble at Down Royal

Thomas Kelly

Tony Martin was back in the winner's enclosure at Down Royal yesterday when his Golan Guy landed a gamble for connections in the opening maiden hurdle with a fine ride from Davy Condon.

The six-year-old was backed from 5/1 in the morning into a returned price of 9/4 joint-favourite and won a shade cosily from Doux Douce despite idling in the closing stages.

Paul Nolan's Politeo took the featured two-and-a-half mile handicap chase in the colours of Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud. The French-bred five-year-old was backed from 4/1 into 2/1 favourite and quickly asserted when approaching the second last by jockey Michael Doran.

James Nolan, representing brother Paul, said: "The light weight helped and he jumped great. He is better on that ground and the stiff fences suited. I wouldn't rule out a reappearance at Punchestown later in the week."


Paul Carberry landed a double on the David Kelly-trained Like The Da in the handicap hurdle and Gordon Elliott's Cottage Oak, which won the beginners chase easily.

Rowdy Rampage continued a great day for favourite backers when scoring by 25 lengths in the hunters chase. The Mark O'Hare-ridden winner was the fifth straight market leader to oblige on the card, but his task was made easier when other joint-favourite Unanswered exited four fences from home.

"I was confident we would have won had the other horse stayed in. Rowdy Rampage is a good jumper. He will go back point-to-pointing Friday week at Enniskillen," said winning trainer Liam Lennon.

Meanwhile, Nina Carberry took the concluding bumper on second favourite Trabajo trained by John 'Shark' Hanlon.

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