Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Eddie O’Connell lands amazing treble at Downpatrick

Eddie O’Connell was the man to follow in the saddle at Downpatrick yesterday when he registered a 1529-1 treble, compliments of Breeze The Ease, Lake Return and spare ride Sebadee.

The 22-year-old Kildare rider picked up a spare ride after Andre McNamara stood himself down with a muscle spasm after the first and capitalised aboard Sebadee who ran out the comfortable winner of the Kerry Food EBF Beginners Chase yesterday.

After the pair pulled seven-lengths clear on the ex John Murphy inmate, O’Connell said: “My agent got in touch with trainer Ken Condon and got me the ride after Andrew took a fall in the first so it all worked out well”.

The Armagh-based jockey had earlier teamed up with Breeze With Ease for his boss, Tyrone trainer James Lambe, in the Premier Bakeries Handicap.

Lambe was winning his 125th race as a trainer and he said afterwards: “He is very tricky but he always showed me in his work he could do this but I didn’t think it would take this long to win one.”

Ruby Walsh secured his 12th win of the season when 5-6 favourite got the better of Karkari in the opening maiden hurdle.

Peter McCarthy owns the ex Kevin Ryan inmate with his wife Sandra, sister of absent winning trainer Willie Mullins, and he said: “Ruby says he’ll win again and he just lost his confidence with a mistake at the fourth and took a bit of time to get the hang of things again.”

Littletown Lass made all the running in the bumper to carry the colours of the 30-strong Littletown Horse Racing Club from Allenwood to victory in the bumper under Mark Fahey.

Galway trainer Iggy Madden was a happy man after his Galway Legend won his first race and he thanked winning rider David Casey, saying: “I was going to let him out after his last run at Listowel but David said to hang on just in case the ground changes.”

Meanwhile, Dermot Weld's Ascot Gold Cup hero Rite Of Passage is set to miss the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Doubts about the former bumper winner's participation in the Flemington showpiece surfaced when he was forced to miss the Irish St Leger. Stablemate Profound Beauty, which was runner-up to San Frontieres in the Irish St Leger, is a general 14/1 chance for the November 2 feature and entered quarantine yesterday.

“We will wait and see how she is training,” said Weld.

One horse that will be heading down is Godolphin's Holberg, which booked his ticket for the big race with a tenacious effort in the Mouton Cadet Classic Foundation Stakes at Goodwood.

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