Wednesday 22 November 2017

Patience pays for Lynch

Thomas Kelly

Victory for Ahorsecalledmolly in the JF Hanley Handicap Hurdle at Roscommon was a first for the nine-year-old -- and a triumph for the patience of trainer Andy Lynch.

Having his seventh start over obstacles, the 12/1 chance got the better of gallant long-time leader Dream Champion approaching two out before staying on strongly to beat Fastey by a length and quarter.

Davy Russell did his father a good turn when making most in Jerry Russell's colours to take the Railway Bar 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle on Wijikura.

Kicking clear three out, the Louisa Curling-trained 9/2 second favourite comfortably accounted for Knockcroghery by six lengths.

Sam Curling, representing the winning trainer, said: "He'll probably go back on the Flat now or there's a winners race at Killarney he could go for."

Georgie (25/1) bounced back to form to get the better of a ding-dong battle with Captain Sully in the Dysart Maiden Hurdle.

Tom Ryan was in full flight on the winner to deny Andrew McNamara, who threw everything at the strong-finishing runner-up.

Winning trainer Martin Cullinane said: "He jumps well and we may go to Listowel next."

Peter Casey's Macs Mandalus (12/1) saw it out well in a tight finish to the Connaught Beginners Chase, keeping on dourly after the last to just edge So Determined.

Meanwhile, Tommy Stack enjoyed a successful day at Catterick by claiming his first winner at the Yorkshire track with Campos, in the European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes yesterday.

The two-year-old is Stack's first runner at the course and the Tipperary maestro certainly had his followers, as the colt was sent off a warm, even-money favourite.

Shane Kelly had his mount well positioned throughout, before unleashing him inside the final two furlongs to battle out a length-and-three-quarter victory over long-time leader Janet's Pearl.

Elsewhere, in-form jockey Richard Hughes will captain the Ireland team in the Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday, after Kieren Fallon was forced to miss the meeting due to commitments at Newmarket. Hughes, twice winner of the Shergar Cup Silver Saddle, will be backed up by Pat Smullen and another rider yet to be confirmed.

  • Connections of Separate Ways have appealed against his disqualification from the Guinness Time Handicap at Galway last week.

Irish Independent

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