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New World and Power in Down Royal first

By Ron McKnight

Published 30/05/2015

Power surge: Robbie Power on way to victory on New World at Down Royal
Power surge: Robbie Power on way to victory on New World at Down Royal

Leading jockey Robbie Power opened the scoring when making all the running on the Keith Clarke-trained New World to easily land the first race at Down Royal's inaugural evening fixture of the season.

The rest of the field allowed New World free rein and only on the downhill run did the pack make efforts to close. However New World still had plenty in the tank.

Clarke said: "I owe a lot of thanks to farrier Anthony Lynch for getting him right after he got a corner crack at Thurles and could have been out for longer.

"He's a proper horse and will make a nice chaser. He'll improve again."

Champion pony racer Jack Kennedy secured his first winner over hurdles and the second of his career when easily claiming the handicap hurdle on the Gordon Elliott-trained Eshtiaal.

The Dingle teenager, who has ridden over 200 winners on the pony circuit, came to the course proper with a big reputation and opened his account only last week at Cork on the level.

Elliott said: "I'm delighted for Jack. The winner is engaged again over the weekend - I'll see how he is and he could run again."

Kennedy definitely started his career over jumps in style when doubling up on the night aboard Elliott-trained Mustadrik.

Kennedy said: "I want to thank Mr Elliott for the rides and his support. Everyone in the stable has been keen to help me - I am really loving it!"

Power was another jockey to record a double, winning on the Peter Fahy-trained Medinah Gold.

Fahy said: "He's been busy and been to Cheltenham and Punchestown. His jumping wasn't great last season so I sent him to Robbie (Power) for a few weeks to school. He gave him a great ride. I'll look for a handicap next time."

The Mags Mullins-trained Ballychorus - with the handler's son Danny aboard - won the Mares Beginners Chase.

Glacial Drift won the concluding bumper.

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