PAUL Townend had just two rides at Wexford on St Patrick's Day on Tuesday and while Miss Punch was pulled-up in the maiden hurdle, the champion jockey had already ridden a winner as Getaway Gorgeous took the opening mares’ maiden hurdle but not in the style that might have been expected.
Sent off a 4/7 favourite, the Whitegrass Getaway Syndicate’s six-year-old had to work hard for her success, seeing off her closest market rivals My Midnight and Flying Risk by half a length and the same.
Denis O'Regan combined with Gordon Elliott to win the 3m2f conditions’ chase with Monbeg Notorious at Down Royal on St Patrick's Day.
The nine-year-old got the better of his own stable companion, 6/5 favourite Jury Duty, last year’s winner, by two and a half lengths. The 7/2 winner made much of the running as he recorded his first victory in a little over two years. He won both the Thyestes Chase and Navan’s Grade 2 Ten Up Novice Chase in early 2018.
There was a Dundalk double for Wayne Lordan on Friday afternoon, the Upton jockey riding winners for Henry De Bromhead and Mitchelstown trainer Daniel O’Sullivan. De Bromhead’s Aerclub made it two wins from as many starts in the median auction race.
Sent off the 11/8 favourite, the three-year-old had an easy time of it.
Lordan said: “He's a nice horse. Henry liked him the first day he ran, and he won well on that occasion. He felt like he’s after improving since then. He’s a fine big horse, he went to the line well and he’s very likeable.
"I think he could be a stakes horse. He’d give you all the vibes that he's going that way. I thought it was a good performance and you'd be happy with him.”
Lequinto was made the 5/2 favourite for the concluding 6f handicap and ran out the two-length winner for O’Sullivan, who owns, trains and bred the winner. It was his first winner since Lordan won on Long Journey Home at the same track in October, 2015.
Conditional rider Darragh O'Keeffe moved to within two winners of a half-century for the season with his success on the Paul Stafford-trained Well Joey in the handicap chase at Thurles on Saturday. The 14/1 chance scored a comfortable three and three-parts of a length win over 11/2 favourite Wrong Direction.
Denis O'Regan landed his second winner of the week when he and local trainer Colin McBratney shared a 20/1 winner when Benefit North won the 2m3f handicap hurdle at Downpatrick on Sunday.
O’Regan brought the outsider from well off the pace to lead at the fourth last hurdle and were never going to be beaten.
At the line they had a length and three-quarters to spare over the Niall Madden-trained Kilmurry.