Wednesday 13 December 2017

O'Brien's King George River in full flow on Gowran debut

AIDAN O'Brien maintained his great record in the one-mile juvenile contest at Gowran Park as his King George River made an impressive debut in gruelling conditions.

King George River (5/1), a son of Danehill Dancer, travelled nicely in front under Colm O'Donoghue and despite being green, he stayed on well to account for the experienced Sugar Boy by two lengths.

The victory completed a double for the jockey as he also won the opener, helping Pat Shanahan double his tally as a trainer when Rominintheglomin (6/1) took the Bennettsbridge Maiden.

A 5lb penalty made all the difference as the Andy Oliver-trained Potomac (13/2) turned the tables on familiar foe Bold Thady Quill in the Kilkenny Handicap.

Jarlath Fahey's top-weight Balladiene ploughed through the mud to win at Leopardstown a fortnight ago and the 7/2 joint-favourite repeated the dose in the seven-furlong handicap, sticking on in ultra-game fashion under Ronan Whelan to get up for a length-and-three-quarters victory.

It was a red-letter day for jockey Pat O'Donnell and trainer Pat Breen as both recorded their first victory when 12/1 outsider Apache Gold led all the way to take the apprentice handicap by half a length.

Irish Independent

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