Saturday 25 November 2017

Keane error costly for Unrequited

Colin Keane strikes on Unrequited, but there's trouble in store
Colin Keane strikes on Unrequited, but there's trouble in store

Unrequited was disqualified following his victory in the Children's Day At Bettyville Handicap at Wexford after Colin Keane failed to weigh in.

The jockey rode a peach of a race to win the one-mile-three-furlong handicap on Ger Lyons' charge, committing for home nearly three furlongs out and getting a terrific response from his mount, who ran on strongly down the straight to hold Coolfighter by two lengths.

However, Keane did not weigh in afterwards, prompting the stewards to disqualify Unrequited (13-2) and award the race to the Noel Dooly-trained Coolfighter (13-2), who was bringing up a hat-trick in the hands of Seamie Heffernan.

Ring Chief was promoted to second and The Fox Tully awarded third, while Keane was suspended for 10 days by the stewards and ordered to forfeit his riding fee.

Lyons' assistant and brother Shane said: "If that's the worst thing that ever happens to him (Keane) he won't be too bad. He is very upset about it, but we are behind him 100 per cent."

Heffernan went on to land a double and he needed no help from the stewards after springing clear three furlongs out on the Robbie Hennessy-trained Magnetic Force (16-1) in the Boolavogue Handicap.

The grey was chased hard by Little Stampy, but had enough in the locker to hold off the challenge by a length and three-quarters.

David Wachman also landed a double, highlighted by the easy victory of 4-11 favourite Mr Rock in the Follow Wexford Racecourse On Facebook Maiden.

Second at Leopardstown on his previous start, the three-year-old was bounced out in front by Wayne Lordan and always looked in command, having the opposition in trouble fully two furlongs out before clearing away to score by seven and a half lengths.

The jockey said: "I suppose he had two good runs under his belt. He is a horse that likes quick ground and he stays well. I'd say it wasn't much of a contest considering what he has been taking on. He will step forward again. He is a big horse, a big baby. He works well. He is probably better than that and he is just a bit immature."

There were few alarms for Wachman's other winner either, Fran Berry pressing the button a quarter of a mile out on Que Sera Sera in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden and soon asserting, the 11-4 favourite running on strongly to score by two and a quarter lengths.

Katie Walsh stalked her two rivals for most of the way on Peter Fahey's Alton Bay in the Shelmalier (QR) Race before sweeping past at the furlong pole to win going away by four and three-quarter lengths as the 3-1 shot completed a four-timer.

The trainer said: "It's incredible, he has won four for us and he has collected prize money every single time he ran, and we couldn't ask for any more. He will run once or twice more if the ground stays quick. If the ground goes any way soft at all he will go out until the spring and come back to go novice hurdling. If he improves as much next year you wouldn't know what we have."

Willie Mullins' Morning Run (1-3 favourite) easily extended her unbeaten run to three in the Enniscorthy Mares INH Flat Race in the hands of Patrick Mullins.

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