Thursday 17 January 2019

Prescott raider on mark as Hayes lands Dundalk treble

Trainer Sir Mark Prescott. Photo: Edward Whitaker
Trainer Sir Mark Prescott. Photo: Edward Whitaker

Thomas Kelly

Veteran English trainer Mark Prescott made a flying visit to Dundalk last night, and the victory of Elysees Palace ensured it was a profitable trip.

Installed 11/10 favourite after being well supported on and off the course, Declan McDonogh's mount gave his supporters a fright as he missed the break in the maiden for four-year-olds and upwards, before digging deep to get the better of Saga Altais by half a length.

Chris Hayes took the riding honours with a treble initiated by the victory of Oneoveryou (5/4 favourite), which claimed her seventh success in the five-furlong handicap.

Having her second start for the in-form Richard O'Brien, the Tagula mare was always travelling well in the hands of Hayes as she slammed Doonard Prince by five lengths.

Hayes notched his second winner on Fozzy Stack's Harvestfortheworld (5/2 favourite) which stayed on well to edge out Loving A Boom by a length and a half in the one-mile maiden.

Hayes completed his hat-trick when showing his strength in a finish as he drove Shane Nolan's Schoolboy Error (9/1) home by three-parts of a length from Easy Boy in the 12-furlong handicap.

Meanwhile , Warren Greatrex hopes a breathing operation will help La Bague Au Roi bounce back to her best in the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown on April 26.

The Lambourn handler plans to step the seven-year-old back up to three miles in the Grade One prize after she suffered her first defeat of the season when last of seven finishers in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

"She had a wind op since. She looked like she was going to win turning in, then she hit a wall and jumped the last very tired," Greatrex said. "She will go to Punchestown, all being well."

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) was yesterday left red-faced after apologising "to everyone affected" having been was forced to overturn a result from Kempton last Friday.

Bird For Life was on the night announced the winner of a mile-and-a half handicap, in which 10/11 favourite Oregon Life was adjudged to have finished a nose away in second after a photo-finish. However, after further viewing the result has been retrospectively changed and the placings reversed.

But the BHA said that "as per the Tattersalls rules of betting, the result that was called on the day stands for betting purposes".

Brant Dunshea, director of integrity and raceday operations for the BHA, said: "Clearly the whole team is disappointed to have to correct any race result after the day. It is important that these results are called accurately."

Irish Independent

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