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Jazz Singer hits the high notes for a red hot home success

By Ron McKnight

The Jazz Singer supplied a superb local success in front of a big crowd at sunny Down Royal last night.

The Jazz Singer - trained at Crossgar by Colin McBratney and partnered by former champion jump jockey Paul Townend - challenged leader and favourite Static Jack on the outside approaching the final fence before going on to triumph.

McBratney said: "They just went a nice steady gallop and Paul said he jumped very well.

"He's a hard little horse to get fit but there are plenty of options for him now. He will stay a novice now to get a bit of experience and could go for a handicap at the end of the summer.

"He actually wants fast ground and has a great attitude."

Townend doubled up when prevailing on Curragh Golan in the handicap chase.

The opener resulted in a rare dead heat. Silken Thomas, with Jonathan Moore aboard, was strongly challenged after the last by All's Quiet - Luke McGuinness riding - with the judge unable to separate the pair after the photo finish.

Ado McGuinness, trainer of All's Quiet, said: "We fancied him to run a good race. Luke is my nephew and it is his first winner back so it's great."

Noel Meade, trainer of Silken Thomas, recorded an across the card double with Wingit scoring at Leopardstown.

The penultimate flight of hurdles was removed prior to the start of the second race due to low lying sun, Fiesole gaining a repeat victory at the track following success on May Day for trainer Eoin Doyle and jockey Andrew Ring.

Ring said: "He likes this place. He should go for a big handicap next."

Doyle recorded an across the card double with St Lawrence Gap winning at Leopardstown.

Davy Russell drove Station Closed up the inside to prevail and supplement Downpatrick success last time for the Gordon Elliott Racing Club.

Russell said: "Credit to Gordon, he is after getting two races out of a mare who might have struggled normally."

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