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Traffic fails to stop Ainama at Ballinrobe

AINAMA scored for the first time over fences when landing yesterday's P Flannery Plant Hire Group London Chase at Ballinrobe in the green and gold colours of JP McManus.

Trained by Niall 'Boots' Madden, and ridden by his son Niall 'Slippers', the 11/10 favourite was having his fourth start over the larger obstacles and had little difficulty. Only five went to post for the two-mile, six-furlong contest and as they turned for home it was between just three of them as Baizically led both Traffic Article and Ainama.

From the last, Ainama stayed on best up the stand's rail to score by a length and a quarter from Traffic Article, with Baizically (12/1) two and a quarter lengths back in third.

The opening maiden hurdle was won by the 11/4 second favourite Streets Of Newyork, trained by John 'Shark' Hanlon and ridden confidently by Andrew McNamara.

The in-form Hanlon recorded a double when Ardglen claimed the feature Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase with Declan Bates aboard, while McNamara also enjoyed a brace thanks to his success aboard Pauline Gavin's 33/1 outsider Lillymile. Arthur Moore and Davy Russell combined to land the concluding novice chase with favourite Sorceror.

Meanwhile, Ryan Moore could be set for an imminent return from injury. Moore's father Gary said: "Ryan has seen his specialist and he was very pleased. He is happy for him to get back riding."

Moore could now return to partner Michael Stoute's Workforce when he bids for back-to-back victories in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday week.

•Last Saturday's meeting at Listowel, which was cancelled due to the track being waterlogged, has been rescheduled for this Friday.

Irish Independent