Wednesday 13 December 2017

Russell lands 28/1 treble as Twinlight shines for Walsh

Davy Russell
Davy Russell

Thomas Kelly

DAVY Russell took the riding honours with a sparkling 28/1 treble at Galway, but it was the Willie Mullins-trained Twinlight which emerged the equine star.

Twinlight put up a game front-running display to outpoint his four rivals in the Faber Audiovisuals Ballybrit Novice Chase.

The 15/8 favourite was headed just briefly by Argocat at the final fence, but he responded bravely to Ruby Walsh's urgings and pulled away on the run-in to score by two lengths.

Walsh said: "He was a bit keen early and recovered well from two mistakes. In fairness, it was a good performance and he keeps surprising me."

Russell finished a well-beaten fourth on Il Fenomeno in this contest, but earlier he had completed his hat-trick courtesy of wins on Rogue Angel (1/6 favourite), Shrapnel (9/2) and Lastoftheleaders (7/2).

Two of the winners came in the Gigginstown House Stud colours, including Shrapnel, which finally broke its duck over hurdles.

The gelding hadn't won in nine previous efforts, but was well worth the victory on his first start for Gordon Elliott as he collared Rory O'Moore two out and forged three and three-quarter lengths clear.

Rogue Angel gave supporters no cause for alarm in the opening maiden, winning by seven and a half lengths.

Russell completed his treble when he led all the way on the Arthur Moore-trained Lastoftheleaders in the SanServ Handicap Hurdle.

Brian Cawley kept Martin Cullinane's 14/1 outsider Free To Dream on the heels of Whats Happening and Skibabe in the Barna Waste Novice Hurdle and the five-year-old produced the goods on the run-in, storming past to win by three lengths.

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