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New year, same winning style as Ronnie records a Dumbo double

By Robert Fenton

Published 04/01/2016

Double joy for Ronnie McKeown at Drumbo (stock photo)
Double joy for Ronnie McKeown at Drumbo (stock photo)

Hillsborough's Ronnie McKeown was once again the leading trainer at Drumbo Park in 2015 and he started the New Year as he means to go on with a Saturday night double, courtesy of Ballymac Zoe and Foulkscourt Joy.

Ballymac has just joined the kennels, having previously been with Liam Dowling and landed her maiden in promising fashion.

She had it all to do, going down the far side behind Joe Blair's Larne-based Silver Lil who led early and opened up what appeared to be decisive lead.

But Lil came under pressure between the last two turns and with Zoe breathing down her neck, Silver quickly faded, leaving Ballymac to run clear and finish two and a half lengths ahead of Tromora Cool in a time of 29.30 seconds.

Earlier, Foulkscourt made up for previous disappointment with an effortless triumph here in a sharp 29.15 seconds. From trap two, the black dog soon put the race to bed and justifying strong market support.

Leading up from Sleepy Daisy, he quickly went clear and while the latter made some headway in the closing stages, was still beaten two and a half lengths, making Ballymac one to keep on the right side of in the coming months.

Meanwhile, down at Shelbourne Park, Ballydoyle Honey proved once again that she's the best bitch in Ireland with a truely memorable display in the re-run Christmas Oaks at the Dublin track.

A classic winner, handled by Graham Holland who had a hat-trick of winners on the night, Honey was the sweetest victory as she dipped under 28 seconds for 525, clocking 27.94 in beating Yahoo Perlena a length and a half.

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