Saturday 23 November 2019

'Seven' delight for Sheila

Jockey Pat Smullen
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Sheila Lavery has enjoyed a memorable campaign and at Naas yesterday the Meath handler secured the biggest win of her short career with the 4/1 shot Sevenleft.

Pat Smullen's mount turned the €75,000 two-year-olds' conditions race into a one-sided event, making all en route to powering more than three lengths clear.

"I was nearly not running him as he's in the sales and now I'm not sure if he'll go to the sales," Lavery beamed.

"Pat said he's improving all the time and seven furlongs is his trip. He has run seven times and only been out of the money once."

In the Listed mile race, Queen Catrine was backed from 16/1 into 5/1 on her first start since joining Ger Lyons from Charlie Hills. The Qatar Racing filly duly justified the gamble with a ready victory under Colin Keane.

Jim Bolger's Kevin Manning-ridden Al Mohalhal (9/2) broke its duck in the Birdcatcher nursery. That was the middle leg of a 296/1 treble for Bolger, who also won with Tribal Beat before Robertstown (8/1) came out on top of a thrilling three-way photo in the October Handicap for Rory Cleary.

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