Wednesday 24 January 2018

O'Briens show right 'Spirit' to deny father at Leopardstown

Joseph O'Brien Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Joseph O'Brien Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Rookie trainer Joseph O'Brien can't stop sending out the winners and he teamed up with brother Donnacha at Leopardstown last night to upstage their father Aidan in the juvenile maiden over a mile.

O'Brien Jnr sent out Eagle Spirit for its second run, and there was plenty of optimism in the ring as he was supported into 11/10 favourite.

The market leader was soon sent into the lead and while he was challenged by Venezuela and Diodorus, both of whom trained by his father at Ballydoyle, Eagle Spirit held on gamely for a half-length win.

Mr Right won his second race in just shy of 24 hours when following up his Wednesday win at Naas by landing the featured one-mile handicap in the hands of Donagh O'Connor

The Johnny Levins-trained son Echo Of Light (4/1 joint favourite) was patiently ridden and quickened up inside the final furlong to lead close home and beat The Tulip by half-length.

There was a minor surprise in the opener as Gavin Cromwell's Pandagreen (7/1) lunged late to deny Ken Condon's 13/8 favourite Glenamoy Lad.

Shane Foley dictated terms on Glenamoy Lad and appeared to have shaken off all challengers inside the final furlong. However, Wayne Lordan got a rare rattle out of Pandagreen which got up close home to win by a half-length with Lady Volante edging out the favourite for second.

The Aido McGuinness-trained Zebgrey didn't have the best of draws in the apprentice handicap over a mile but Oisin Orr didn't panic as he waited towards the rear before delivering the 5/1 shot with a well-timed challenge to pip Mr Ormsby on the line.

Elsewhere, Auteuil in France was abandoned yesterday after the third race due to scorching temperatures.

In stark contrast to conditions being experienced by many tracks in England, officials ruled the excessive heat, found to be around 32C in the late afternoon, was too much for horses and their recovery.

Irish Independent

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