Cnoc Na Sioga swoops late to land spoils for Condon

Local riders Davy Condon and Paul Townend shared the honours with doubles in Tramore last night.

Condon triumphed on Cnoc Na Sioga and Jamsie Hall in the hurdle action while luck was on the side of Paul Townend, who scored on The Amarillo Kid and Drumlister in the concluding chases.

Cnoc Na Sioga, trained outside Templemore by John Ryan, swooped late to master front-running Knockeenonthedoor in the opening Launch Of The August Racing Festival Maiden Hurdle and will head for a “winners of one at one of the small tracks” according to his handler.

Later, Condon had an armchair ride on 5/2 favourite Jamsie Hall, which came from well off the pace to land the Handicap Hurdle, easily, by seven lengths from Hold The Aces.

Successful off 116 in a handicap chase here last August and racing off a hurdle mark of 90, the Saddlers Hall gelding was having his first run for trainer Gordon Elliott, whose representative Robbie McNally explained: “He moved when Clare MacMahon moved to England and, obviously, likes it around here. He’ll go back over fences now, in the Connacht National in Roscommon on Monday week.”

The second last fence produced plenty of drama in the 1912-2012 Tramore Racecourse Centenary Beginners Chase when marginal leader Ferris Bueller crashed, brought down the tracking Annie Other and caused both Tirmoyle and Stylos Ace to unseat their respective riders.

This chaos left the Paul Townend-ridden The Amarillo Kid clear and he duly negotiated the final fence to score by sixteen lengths for trainer Willie Codd.

Champion-jockey Davy Russell, shaken by the fall from Ferris Bueller, gave up the ride on last-race favourite Drumlister, on which Paul Townend successfully deputised, the 2/1 favourite making most of the running to score comfortably by six lengths.

Winning trainer Arthur Moore commented: “He’s no star, but the fast ground is the key to him and he’ll run again, under a 5lb. penalty in Downpatrick on Tuesday, before the handicappers gets hold of him.”

Earlier, Ruby Walsh took advantage of a minor incident on the bend before the second last to seize the initiative on the Michael Hourigan-trained Lend A Hand Son in the August Racing Festival Beginners Chase.

Hourigan said: “He was threatening for a while but my horses haven’t been firing and, tonight, we had the luck. He’s been a good servant and will mix it for the summer — I think there’s a flat race in him at some stage.”

Meanwhile, in Down Royal, in-form Andy Oliver struck again at the track when Imagninationrunwild built on her promising Curragh debut to land the Barclay Landline Fillies Maiden in emphatic style.

Winning rider Gary Carroll was expected to complete a double on the Ger Lyons-trained That Boy David in the finale. But the 8/11 shot could finish only fifth behind his 20/1 stable-companion Brendan Brackan, an Emmet McNamara-ridden newcomer in the familiar Anamoine colours.

Owner Pat McGinn savoured his first success in nine years when Chois The Idea made the long journey from Pat Flynn’s County Waterford yard worthwhile by making all under Danny Grant to land the five-furlong Blackberry Maiden.

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