Trooper appreciates drop back in trip

CHAMPION apprentice Chris Hayes enjoyed his trip to Roscommon last night, completing a double on Soviet Trooper and Miss Ailbhe on a bleak night for punters.

Soviet Trooper, trained by Liam McAteer for the J C B Syndicate, ran out a convincing 12/1 winner of the Michael Holland Tyres Handicap, prompting his trainer to explain: “Chris (Hayes) told me after he ran at Ballinrobe to drop him back to seven furlongs and he was right.”

“He’s a tough horse and might be capable of winning another, if the handicapper gives him a chance.”

Hayes completed his double and brought his seasonal tally to 27 when 25/1 shot Miss Ailbhe gave trainer Michael Mulvany, from Kells, County Meath, his first flat success by landing the featured Irish Stallion Farms Fillies Handicap.

Wearing blinkers for the first time, Miss Ailbhe seemed to appreciate a change in tactics, making all to beat Shibina and Miss Maximus in a race which saw well-backed favourite Jalwada (5/2 to 6/4) trail in last of the eight runners.

Trainer Andy Oliver will consider campaigning The Quiet Enforcer in nursery company following his all-the-way win in the Sean Naughton Auctioneers 2-Y-0 Auction Maiden.

Ridden by Willie Supple, the Fath colt, a 20/1 shot, kept Lily Whitford at bay in the final furlong and a half, despite jinking to his left, with favourite High Court Drama a disappointing third.

Oliver explained: “I’ve always thought a bit of him and knew he needed seven furlongs or a mile. He missed the break and was very babyish on his debut at Fairyhouse. He still doesn’t know much about the game as he showed out there.”

The shocks kept coming in the National Hunt action when the Joe Fox-trained 16/1 chance Euro Sister, a full-sister to Eurochancer, made all under Philip Enright to win the White House Hotel Maiden Hurdle.

The biggest-priced winner of the evening was Moving Star, owned and trained by Michael McDonagh, which cruised through to win the Casey’s Centra & Foodcourt Handicap Hurdle, belying odds of 33/1. The Good Thyne mare was confidently handled by Galway Plate hero Kevin Coleman.

Punters enjoyed a change of luck when 9/4 favourite Genuine Pearl continued the winning run of trainer Mickey Flynn in the Toy City Pro-Am Flat Race, stretching clear under Andy Duff to foil the well-supported Clonsilla Affairs (4/1 to 5/2).

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