O'Keeffe 'storms' home to claim Sligo prize
There was another fine steer by promising Cork claimer Darragh O'Keeffe at Sligo yesterday, as he guided Mon Storm to a winning debut over fences in the Supporters Club 2020 Annual Badge Chase.
O'Keeffe showed admirable patience on Victor Wilson's 16/1 outsider as Cap D'Aubois cut out the early running, tracked by Willie Mullins' even-money favourite Pont Aven.
O'Keeffe's mount was third going out on the final circuit and the pair made steady headway in the final half-mile before hitting the front inside the final furlong and staying on well to prevail by three lengths.
Another to make a winning debut over the larger obstacles was Moskovite which added a mares beginners chase to a bumper, and a brace of hurdle wins. Owned by the Hennelly family from Mayo, the 9/4 favourite was ridden to victory by her trainer Denis Hogan who sent her to challenge Belle West and Ar Eagla Na Heagla on the turn for home and the market leader galloped on strongly to get the better of the latter by a length and a half.
Enniscrone native Eddie Cawley - who is now based in Meath - returned to his home county track to land the two-mile, five furlong handicap chase with Select Opportunity.
Ridden by Chris Timmons, the 15/2 shot showed a willing attitude to get the better of the Gavin Cromwell-trained 7/2 favourite Allduckornodinner which had attempted to make all the running.
Biggest prize of the day went to the Gerard Keane-trained Effernock Lad (11/2) which dug deep under Ricky Doyle to edge out Thecraicisninety by a half-length in the Frank O'Beirne Memorial Handicap Chase.