Punters lament as the big names land doubles at Gowran Park

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Punters lament as the big names land doubles at Gowran Park
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Tote Pick 6 punters were left empty-handed, but Johnny Murtagh, Colin Keane, Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen enjoyed better fortune at Gowran Park on Sunday where they each recorded two winners.

Murtagh and Keane teamed up to win the Group 3 Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes with Duchess Andorra, the 16/1 shot holding off Laganore to win by a short-head.

Keane combined with Wexford trainer Liz Doyle to win the second leg of the 8f handicap with 10/1 chance Annie Irish. Murtagh’s brace was completed when the Billy Lee-ridden Pacodali landed the concluding maiden at odds of 5/1.

Weld and Smullen enjoyed a good week at Listowel and their impressive strike-rate was maintained when Queen Anne’s Lace made a winning debut in the fillies’ maiden.

Her 10/1 success was followed later in the day by a narrow win for Massayan in the rated race, the 3/1 shot winning by a head from Moonmeister. That runner-up was ridden by Wayne Lordan who had earlier won the 8f maiden with 7/1 chance Rekindling, trained by David Wachman.

Two young apprentices were also among the winners. Tom Madden partnered 14/1 chance William Ashford to win the opening division of the 8f handicap for Curragh trainer John Hayden while Killian Leonard took the apprentice handicap on the Kandahari, the well-supported 3/1 favourite winning for Meath based John McConnell.

The Tote Pick 6 pool reached a record €863,638. With no winning units, it will be carried forward to this Sunday’s meeting at the Curragh.

Listowel was the centre of the racing world with the annual festival drawing a bumper crowd to the Kerry venue.

The John Long-trained Mileys Dream only got into the 2m4f handicap hurdle as a reserve but she made the most of her opportunity to win easily for trainer John Long and Danny Mullins.

The 10/1 chance led into the straight and went clear from the penultimate hurdle to win by six lengths under Mullins, who also secured a Friday double at the course.

Kevin Sexton was another to enjoy a good week and he partnered the Willie Austin-trained 6/1 shot Emcon to success in the 2m4f handicap hurdle.

Responsible for dual festival Garri Rua, Garrett Power landed his third success of the week when 2/1 favourite Curragh Golan ran out a ready winner of the 3m handicap chase under Paul Townend. Amateur rider Ray Barron has ridden 10 point-to-point winners but he scored his first success on the racecourse proper when taking the 2m1f handicap chase on 16/1 chance Rockshandy.

Joseph O’Brien and Mark Walsh landed the maiden hurdle with 6/4 favourite Aspen Colorado while Penhill added to his last gasp Galway festival victory when easily winning the novice hurdle at odds of 2/1 co-favourite for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh.

The seven-day festival ended well for favourite backers as 11/8 shot Deans Road took the novice chase for Henry de Bromhead and Davy Russell while Noel Meade and Nina Carberry won the Slan Abhaile Race with 5/4 chance Snow Falcon, who just got the better of Hidden Cyclone.

Kylecrue, Garri Rua and Dew Line all won for the second time at Listowel when taking their respective races on Friday. A winner on the opening day of the meeting, Kylecrue made all the running to land the Southampton Goodwill Chase for Templemore trainer John Ryan.

The 2/1 winner was again ridden by Danny Mullins who also partnered the Garrett Power-trained 11/4 favourite Garri Rua who won his second race in the space of 24 hours when taking the 3m handicap hurdle.

The was another winning market leader in the 12f handicap which went to the Mick Mulvaney-trained Dew Line who was adding to her success at the track on Wednesday. Declan McDonogh again did the steering on the 3/1 shot.

On Good Terms

Favourite backers were also on good terms with themselves following the 2m4f maiden hurdle which went to 10/11 chance Electric Concorde, who was ridden for Jim Culloty by Bryan Cooper. The bumper saw the Johnny Barry-ridden Lakemilan win in grand style for Carrigtoohill’s Terence O’Brien at odds of 10/1.

There was a shock result in the 7f maiden which went to 40/1 outsider Countess Guiccioli. Canary Row, a 7/1 shot, was a little easier to predict and he held off The Moore Factor to win the 7f handicap for Patrick Prendergast and Gary Halpin.

Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen made an explosive start to proceedings at Listowel on Thursday when they won three of the opening four races. Odds-on favourite Araqeel was first off the mark in the Tote Maiden while 11/10 favourite Aydoun scored an equally impressive success in the 12f maiden.

The treble was completed when Hidden Universe landed the 14f handicap with the champion jockey having to work just that little bit harder on the 3/1 joint-favourite to account for the heavily supported 4/1 shot Face Value.

Windgap trainer Garrett Power took the 3m handicap hurdle with 9/1 shot Garri Rua, who was ridden by Paul Townend. Miss Eyecatcher won the bumper at odds of 11/2 for Cappoquin handler Roger McGrath and Declan Queally.

The week began in style for Castlecomer trainer Pat Murphy, who teamed up with Killian Coakley to win the fillies’ maiden with 7/1 chance Nannys Well at Listowel on Monday.


Today (Wednesday) - Naas (First race 2.15pm). Tomorrow (Thursday) - The Curragh (1.25pm). Friday - Downpatrick (2pm); Dundalk (6pm). Saturday - Navan (1.40pm). Sunday - The Curragh (1.50pm).