Brilliant Balloo blows 'em away
Back To Balloo, partnered by Ulster Region champion rider Noel McParlan, made all the running to score for Crossgar trainer Colin McBratney at Fairyhouse last night.
Back To Balloo is owned by a syndicate of the same name that includes leading equine vet Alan Dunlop who is based in Killinchy.
Newry rider McParlan said: "Colin told me to try and keep him in second but I let him go on as he was rattling off the ground.
"He can be a bit ignorant but was only hacking throughout the race. He's been crying out for that type of (good to firm) ground."
Ulster great Tony McCoy's bid for a 20th successive champion jockey title received an early boost last night with a double at Exeter courtesy of Master Malt and Karinga Dancer, for Jonjo O'Neill and Harry Fry respectively.
* Banbridge jockey Pat Cosgrave has been cleared to return to the saddle pending his appeal to the British Horseracing Authority not to reciprocate the four-month ban handed out by the Emirates Racing Authority.
Cosgrave was found guilty of a breach of the rule regarding improper riding on the Mike de Kock-trained Anaerobio at Meydan in March.
The jockey was found to have moved his mount off the rail in the straight to allow stablemate Vercingetorix through on the inside to win the Group One Jebel Hatta, with Anaerobio eventually third.
Cosgrave was initially banned for six months by the ERA but that was reduced to four months following an appeal.
However, Cosgrave has asked the BHA not to impose the suspension in this country and will be free to ride until his appeal is heard.
The BHA tweeted: "The Disciplinary Panel have directed that the penalty imposed on Pat Cosgrave by ERA should not apply in Britain for two weeks, or until non-reciprocation application is heard, whichever is first.
"Cosgrave is subsequently free to ride in Britain.
"If hearing cannot be arranged within two weeks (May 20) then it will be necessary to decide if further stay of ERA penalty is justified."