Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Oscar-winning show at Tramore

Colman Sweeney

The Sweeney family, fresh from Cheltenham Foxhunter success with Salsify for the second year running, struck with Fiery Oscar at Tramore.

The eight-year-old, trained by Rodger Sweeney and ridden by his amateur son Colman, had won his last two starts over hurdles and continued the winning streak over fences in the Like Tramore Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Chase.

The eight-year-old, sent off the 5-4 favourite, travelled easily into contention and jumped into the lead two out before stretching to an 11-length triumph over Hillman, despite pecking on landing after the last.

Sweeney snr said: "He's running well and it's not every horse that will handle Tramore. He'll go for a similar contest next and it's grand to get the win."

All Honours (14-1) galloped on strongly as the rain fell and the mist descended to win the Tramore Racecourse Members Club Handicap Hurdle.

Philip Rothwell's charge was driven into the lead by Brian O'Connell at the second-last and kept on well in the closing stages to beat Robbie Kaydee by four and a quarter lengths.

Winning owner Christopher Morrissey said "We're very surprised by the win. He's been running on heavy ground during the winter and it's the first time he's got better ground."

John Costello's Final Gift (11-4) took command of the Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Hunters Chase when favourite Nevskij was pulled up quickly late on, winning by 10 lengths under James Carroll.

The trainer said: "He'll go for a winners hunters chase at Down Royal or Killarney now."

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