Sunday 22 September 2019

Red-hot Walsh makes it five winners in two days

Mark Walsh, on Simply Ned, after winning the Paddy`s Rewards Club `Sugar Paddy` Steeplechase during Day 2 of the Leopardstown Festival. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Mark Walsh, on Simply Ned, after winning the Paddy`s Rewards Club `Sugar Paddy` Steeplechase during Day 2 of the Leopardstown Festival. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Mark Walsh was the toast of Leopardstown yesterday after a 177.5/1 treble saw the red-hot Kildare rider bring his tally to five winners at Leopardstown over the first two days of festive racing.

A shock victory for Leopardstown specialist Simply Ned (16/1) in the Grade One Paddy's Rewards Club 'Sugar Paddy' Chase spearheaded a trio of winners at the Foxrock track for the 32-year-old.

Nicky Richards' stable star collared Willie Mullins' hotpot Footpad (Evens favourite) in the last 100 yards to make it back-to-back victories in the race and continue Walsh's sensational form up in the saddle.

Walsh had earlier taken the opener aboard Joseph O'Brien's exciting Flat recruit Sir Erec (11/10), who made a successful start to his jumping career, before doubling up as Henry de Bromhead's Paloma Blue (4/1) got off the mark over fences on one of his finest days in the saddle.

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