Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Downpatrick: McBratney delighted to bag second double

Crossgar trainer Colin McBratney scored a superb double success at Downpatrick yesterday.

He opened up with Nodelay in the Mares Maiden Hurdle and then followed up with Bachelor Lad in the Novice Hurdle.

A delighted McBratney said: “This is my second double on a racecourse. I also had a double at Down Royal a few years ago, but this is the first time I've had a double on my home course.”

Bachelor Lad is owned by the Northern Star Syndicate and one of the members, Downpatrick car dealer Ciaran Russell, said: “We have a successful team and Bachelor Lad won here in May when he made all the running as he did today.”

Nodelay, who was winning for first time at Downpatrick, will be aimed for another mares hurdle at Listowel.

McBratney added: “It has certainly been a good day for me and I was pleased especially that Nodelay won for she is owned by a group of ladies from Belfast. There are 10 ladies in the group and they are excited by this success.”

Nodelay was ridden by Andrew McNamara, and Bachelor Lad by Eddie O'Connell.

Later in the day O'Connell also completed a double when he won on Street Runner for trainer Sean Thornton.

This was in the handicap hurdle and Street Runner made up ground late on to win at 4-1.

The day was completed by victory for Nina Carberry who won the bumper on Court Lexi, trained by Gordon Eliiott.

Court Lexi had previously finished second twice at Downpatrick.

Savello fell yesterday when looking a possible threat to Court Lexi. However the jockey Michael Stallan wasn't injured.

Charger scored at 7-1 in the first handicap hurdle and Luna Runner won the Hugo Duncan Maiden Hurdle at 16-1 for trainer Colin Murphy.

Meanwhile, La Collina collared Power close home to spring a |33-1 surprise in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

Declan McDonogh brought Kevin Prendergast's filly with a devastating turn of foot to storm past Aidan O'Brien's runner in the last 50 yards.

Tough As Nails was third, and Lilbourne Lad fourth.

David Brown's strongly-fancied Frederick Engels lost all chance when badly hampered by Parish Hall, ridden by Kevin Manning, as he tried to make his bid about a furlong out.

Power looked like taking his 100 per cent record to four when he went into the lead, but La Collina managed to find an extra gear and grab the Group One spoils by a neck.

Prendergast said: “I'm delighted with that — she was working well at home.

“I thought both this race and the Debutante were tough races, but the Ascot form didn't work out well so I picked this race instead.

“Also Maybe was giving us 3lb the last day at Leopardstown, so I wasn't keen to take her on again off level weights.

“She will go for the Moyglare Stud Stakes next (Curragh, August 28).”

Elsewhere, Dream Ahead failed to fire as Moonlight Cloud took the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest-Goldikova at Deauville.

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