Sunday 17 December 2017

McDonogh claims Gowran hat-trick

Declan McDonagh (SPORTSFILE)
Declan McDonagh (SPORTSFILE)

Declan McDonogh took the riding honours at Gowran Park as the jockey booted home a 1,143/1 treble.

First up for the former champion was the victory of the Charles O'Brien-trained Great Wide Open which held Expreso Brasileiro by that same margin in the seven-furlong handicap.

McDonogh did well to get the winner to the front early after a missed break and the 10/1 chance proved gutsy to stay there.

The same trainer-jockey combination then had to wait until the second last, the first division of the extended nine-furlong handicap, to claim their second handicap as Zorba The Greek stuck on doggedly to edge out Elusive In Paris by a half-length.

McDonogh then finished the evening off in style as he partnered the Paul Nolan-trained Usain (12/1) to a narrow success from Romantic.

Meanwhile, Irish 1,000 Guineas winning trainer Adrian Keatley continued his purple patch across the water by saddling Millefiori to win for the third time inside a week at Hamilton.

Following two quick-fire wins at Ayr she lined up in the St Andrews Ambulance Handicap with a 6lb penalty. Having briefly looked short of room as runners dropped away, jockey Tony Hamilton was able to take a lead off Indian Giver before the 8/11 favourite galloped three lengths clear.

"She did it well and we're delighted, she stepped up in trip today and might stay a mile and a quarter, maybe even further," said Keatley. The Curragh handler wasn't the only winning trainer from these shores as Pat Shanahan saw his Born Innocent land the six-furlong handicap.

Shanahan's horses are regular visitors to the Scottish venue from his Co Kilkenny base, in the colours of Jimmy Long's Thistle Bloodstock Limited.

Well beaten in three maidens, the filly (10/1) relished racing on a much quicker surface to win by three lengths.

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