Upton jockey Wayne Lordan showed his class in first week back in the saddle

Upton jockey Wayne Lordan showed his class in first week back in the saddle

Mutadaffeq and Wayne Lordan (centre) beat Jerandme (left) and Graceland (right) to win The EquiNectar Handicap. Picture: Healy Racing

WAYNE Lordan had a great week as racing returned to Ireland.

The veteran jockey from Upton rode four winners as he showed no effects from the lay-off. 

Lordan played his part as Aidan O'Brien dominated the first half of the card at Leopardstown last Tuesday.

O’Brien won the first four races and the Upton jockey was onboard the second of them, Tiger Moth in the 10f maiden.

The 16/5 chance led home Ballydoyle 1-2-3-4 in the 10f maiden, with Lordan’s mount holding off 5/4 favourite Dawn Patrol by half a length. 

Lordan said: "He's a nice colt. He had a good run as a two-year-old and he's been working nicely.

"He stays well. It rode like a nice race and he'll improve a bit when he steps up in trip as well.

"It was a nice performance."

O’Brien’s other winners on the day were the Seamie Heffernan ridden 11/8 favourite Ennistymon in the opening 10f fillies’ maiden, the Padraig Beggy-ridden Cormorant, the 12/1 outsider of the five-runner-field, in the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial and Love Locket, a second for Heffernan in the Group 3 Leopardstown Fillies Trial Stakes at odds of 6/1.

Annexation and Wayne Lordan easily win Download The BoyleSports App Handicap. Picture: Healy Racing
Annexation and Wayne Lordan easily win Download The BoyleSports App Handicap. Picture: Healy Racing

Lordan landed a second success during the week when taking the second division of the 7f handicap at Gowran Park on Thursday on Annexation. 

The four-year-old was having his first start for the Henry De Bromhead stable and ran out an easy winner from the Tom McCourt-trained Accladora. 

Two and a half lengths was the winning margin much to the delight no doubt of the South Ros Racing Syndicate.

Lordan partnered another Ballydoyle trained winner as Aidan O'Brien landed the opening two-year-old maiden at the Curragh on Friday evening. 

Admiral Nelson, a 5/1 chance, readily got the better of stable companion Merchants Quay which was sent of the strong 11/10 favourite. 

Aidan O'Brien and Wayne Lordan discuss the win of Admiral Nelson in the Tally-Ho Stud Irish EBF Maiden. Picture: Healy Racing
Aidan O'Brien and Wayne Lordan discuss the win of Admiral Nelson in the Tally-Ho Stud Irish EBF Maiden. Picture: Healy Racing

The impressive winner is expected to be in action at Royal Ascot this week.

Lordan and Gavin Cromwell took the opening 2m handicap at the Curragh on Saturday evening with Mutadaffeq. 

Owned by the Get Round The Back Syndicate, 16/1 chance got up on the line to pip Jerandme, trained by Noel Meade into second place with Gordon Elliott’s Graceland a close third.

"I ran him in this race last year, but he got trapped on the rail and never got a run," said Cromwell.

"He's been in good old nick and obviously he won the last day, over fences in Clonmel."

FIXTURES: 

Gowran Park – Wednesday (First Race 1pm) 

Limerick – Wednesday (First Race 4.20pm) 

Fairyhouse – Thursday (First Race 4.35pm) 

Gowran Park – Friday (First Race 4.05pm) 

Tipperary – Friday (First Race 1.00pm) 

Naas – Saturday (First Race 2.20pm) 

Leopardstown – Sunday (First Race 2.40pm)


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