Ross, who is based outside Mullingar, recalled a double achieved by his late father, with Another Pooka (which he rode himself) and Imperial View at Fairyhouse in the late 70’s, and admitted: “We came here, hoping for the best, with two horses with chances and, miraculously, it came off.”
Normally a front-runner, Lisrenny Lady, owned by the Molloy family from Ballymahon, County Longford, chased the leaders throughout. Her proven stamina saw her come through to collar Killtilane Rose on the run-in before drawing clear to beat fast-finishing Some Say by four and a half lengths.
The winning trainer said: “I was a bit worried running her back and going right-handed. She won despite hanging all the way and is a better mare going the other way. I might give her two weeks in a field and get her ready for Bellewstown.”
Son Of My Heart completed the Ross/Colgan double when recording an impressive eight lengths win over Estrela Brage in the firstname.lastname@example.org Maiden Hurdle.
A delighted Ross said: “He came off the flat in England, where he had a busy campaign.
“He’s a lovely big horse and is only coming to himself. He needs an ease in the ground and won’t run on firm. He’ll stay three miles and might go for a handicap in Bellewstown.”
Niall ‘Slippers’ Madden shared the riding honours with Colgan, completing a double on 25/1 shot Highdownhill for his trainer/father and namesake and following-up on the Harry Rogers-trained Tin Town Boy in the Corner House Bar Ballymote Handicap Hurdle.
A New Zealand-bred Montjeu gelding, Highdownhill produced a vastly-improved performance to come from of the pace and beat the flattering Heavenly Bound in the Ladies Day 4th August At Slkigo Handicap Hurdle.
Trainer Madden commented: “That’s great. He’s been very disappointing, but it was probably a cruel race. They went very fast and he kept going. This has been a lucky place for me over the years.”
‘Slippers’ completed his double on first reserve Tin Town Boy in the other handicap hurdle, the Harry Rogers-trained gelding taking full advantage of the 19lb. from gallant runner-up Kaprun, having his first run in two years.
Rogers said: “Slippers was very good on him. I warned him that the ground would be too soft for the horse and he held onto him all day. This horse hasn’t won in almost two years, but he’s been a great servant. We’ll probably mix it with this fellow for the summer.”
Noel Kelly, based in Draperstown, County Derry, saddled recent point-to-point winner Charlie’s Vic to land a tidy morning gamble in the bumper.
The daughter of Old Vic, another winner for in-form Nina Carberry, got the better of 50/1 shot Karuska to justify 7/4 favouritism, prompting Kelly to explain: “We gambled by running her again within ten days of winning her point-to-point. But she had an easy race at Necarne and has a bit of toe.”
Make My Night, owned, trained and bred by Eddie Cawley and ridden by Alain Cawley (no relation) came from well off the pace to wear down front-running Madame Mado in the Benbulben Mares Handicap Hurdle.
A delighted Cawley stated: “It’s grand when it happens and this a nice pot to get. She’s a tough little mare, just like her mother, and stays well. She might go to Listowel in two weeks time for a three-mile handicap.”