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Lisa comes from nowhere for Titanic Kerry win

By Johnny Ward

Published 15/09/2016

Kerry winners: jockey Lisa O’Neill (right) and trainer Gordon Elliott
Kerry winners: jockey Lisa O’Neill (right) and trainer Gordon Elliott

Little-known amateur Lisa O'Neill was undaunted on the big stage as the gambled-on Wrath Of Titans landed the Guinness Kerry National.

Dubliner O'Neill (29) has rarely had rides in races as big as yesterday's €175,000 contest, but that deterred neither trainer Gordon Elliott nor owner Michael O'Leary.

Riding a confident race on the 7/1 chance, things went smoothly throughout.

The same was certainly not true for Gigginstown's apparently most fancied runner, the favourite Folsom Blue, which ran poorly and was pulled up.

"He crept away and got into it at the right time," said O'Neill. "I never was sure until after the last but he really picked up for just one smack. I didn't realise he had that much left in him. It was an overwhelming feeling."

Elliott added: "Lisa gave him a real peach. I'm thrilled for her and it's great to repay her a bit for all the work she does. She does some pre-training for me, she works in the office, she will lead one up at the races and she drives them to the races as well."

Wins like this can only strengthen the relationship between Gigginstown and Elliott, who was delighted to provide teenage prodigy Jack Kennedy with his first Listowel winner.

Carrig Cathal was desperately weak in the market in the novice hurdle but with market leader Screaming Rose flopping and 2/1 chance Oathkeeper falling, it opened the door for the 10/1 shot.

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