It was a tale of three jockeys, two present and one absent, in Fairyhouse last night.
Kieren Fallon, winded after a fall in Michael O’Callaghan’s in the morning, missed two winning rides — on Bainne, trained by O’Callaghan for the Morning Fresh Syndicate, in the opening claimer and Paddy Mooney’s Full Shilling in the Coral.ie Bet E5 Get E20 In Free Bets Handicap.
Meanwhile, Colin Keane deputised successfully for Fallon on Bainne and completed a double on the Ger Lyons-trained debutante Brooklyn’s Rose in the two-year-old fillies maiden.
And 16-year-old Evan Daly, from Killimordaly, County Galway, enjoyed a milestone in the three-runner median auction race as he rode his first winner, Roibeard, to complete a double for Lyons.
Colin Keane brought the 6/4 favourite Bainne with a well-timed challenge to lead at the furlong-pole before stretching clear to score by four and a quarter lengths.
“It was a big drop in grade and the rain came for her,” said O’Callaghan.
It was Mick Hussey who got the call-up to deputise for Fallon on Full Shilling, who landed the six-furlong 45-65 handicap at the expense of Enter The Red.
“She was unlucky last week in Naas and the cut in the ground helped her,” Mooney said. “She has always had ability — its just a case of getting it out of her.”
The Lyons-trained newcomer Brooklyn’s Rose looked a smart prospect when quickening past Giselle’s Charm to triumph by a length.
“She’s still green and the penny dropped late,” said Lyons. “It was a nice introduction. And she should improve for a step-up in trip.”
Lyons and Keane were expected to win the median auction race with 4/6 favourite Spader. But it was teenager Daly who stole the show, bringing Roibeard from last to first to win the three-runner affair by four and a half lengths from his stable-companion.
Lyons was full of praise for the winning rider, another product of the pony-racing circuit. He said: “Evan is as nice a lad as you’d meet. I’ve been impressed by his attitude and enthusiasm for the job.”
Referring to Roibeard, Lyons added: “This horse had very sore shins last year and it was a long way back. The ground was in his favour tonight and I put no pressure on Evan. They did the job well.”
The Johnny Murtagh-trained Time To Reason, patiently handled by Connor King, readily turned over the front-running favourite Flowerhill Nova in the seven-furlong maiden, scoring by a length and three-quarters.
“He’s a solid, tough, little handicapper,” said Murtagh who completed a double when Sister Blandina, always close to the pace for Pat Smullen, kept on strongly to capture the La Bucca Restaurant Handicap.
Smullen completed his own double when 9/4 favourite Xsquared, successful over fences in Limerick last time, outstayed his rivals in the finale, the Fairyhouse.ie Handicap, beating Along The Shore by a length.
And Camlann landed the Coral.ie Best Price Guaranteed On All Irish And UK Races Handicap for Shark Hanlon and Donagh O’Connor, beating Rockview Emperor by two and a half lengths.
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