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Red-hot Marnane bags brace to maintain his purple patch

TIPPERARY trainer David Marnane continued his rich vein of form with a 134/1 double at Killarney last night.

Marnane, who has sent out a winner every day from last Sunday, struck first with 14/1 outsider Syann in the EBF Fillies Handicap.

Given an assured ride by Sam James, the four-year-old came from off the pace to challenge between horses a furlong out and stayed on well to score by half a length from Norah Starr.

"She finally dropped to a winnable mark after being Listed placed on her second start at Galway -- Sam gave her a fantastic ride," said Marnane.

Just 30 minutes later, the Bansha-based trainer was in the winner's enclosure again after his Grace And Beauty had landed the John O'Connor Engineering Ltd Handicap.

Ridden by Declan McDonogh, in the colours of Marnane's wife Melanie, the daughter of Diamond Green finished strongly to get the better of Give Me Shelter.

Odds-on followers suffered a setback in the opening contest as 4/5 favourite Sam Lord's Castle had to play second fiddle to Jessica Harrington's Takeyourcapoff in the maiden over a mile and six furlongs.

Never too far off the pace, Takeyourcapoff was niggled along from over four furlongs out by Fran Berry, but she responded well to her jockey's urgings to edge out the favourite by three parts of a length.

"She is tough and her stamina came into play," said Berry. "I thought she was in trouble towards the end of the back straight, but she stays very well and kept going."

John 'Shark' Hanlon captured the beginners' chase with 3/1 second favourite Darenjan, which jumped solidly on his debut over fences for rider Eddie O'Connell.

The son of Alhaarth jumped into the lead at the second last and while he was pressed hard on the run-in by Traffic Article, he stayed on well to prevail by half a length.

Robert Tyner's Hot Friend recorded his second success for the Cork trainer when landing the Ladbrokes.com Handicap Chase under Philip Enright.

Sent off the 5/1 joint favourite, the eight-year-old was never too far off the pace and went clear from before two out to beat Clan Music (7/1) by four and a half lengths.

•Eddie Ahern will miss the whole of Glorious Goodwood after being hit with an additional 14-day ban for an incident that happened in Sweden on May 31. "It's a shame," Ahern said. "I won't be going back there again."

Irish Independent