Lavery gives the locals plenty to shout about
There was a big cheer for Declan Lavery when the local rider, on board Tecumseh Sherman, turned the Downpatrick finale into a procession when making all to win.
Eoin Walsh stole the opener on the line aboard the Noel Meade-trained Roseriver Has.
Ya Boy Ya looked home and hosed having always been prominent and going clear after the last but Walsh had ridden a waiting race to get up in the final strides, the pair joint favourites.
Walsh said: "I always thought I was getting there - when he met the rising ground he stayed all the way to the line. Noel (Meade) was confident - conditions were perfect for him."
Rachael Blackmore claimed the handicap hurdle on the Ellmarie Holden-trained Presenting Sun despite a year's absence, repelling the late challenge of locally-trained Santa Ana.
Blackmore said: "He saw it out really well and there's plenty more improvement to come."
The unplaced under rules maiden hurdle produced a four-way finish with the Colin Bowe-trained Cushinstown Finest, partnered by amateur Jordan Gainford, staying on in the closing stages to deny My Galway Girl and supply the teenage rider with his first racecourse victory.
Bowe said: "We'll maybe come back here with her for the next meeting and then we'll give her a break."
Three Is Company attempted to make all in the Rated Hurdle only to be overhauled at the final flight by Boro Tari and Nibblers Charm with the latter - trained by Ray Hackett and with Donnie McInerney aboard - going clear on the run to the line.
Hackett said: "He toughed it out well and we would be happy enough with him."
The favourite Scotch Quay fell at the first leaving Inishbel clear in the Beginners Chase but the James Dullea-trained Mohart - with Philip Enright in the saddle - led two from home and, despite slipping on landing at the last, kept on well to score.
Dullea said: "He's been a nice horse and a frustrating horse - he's had an awful lot of injuries and niggles."
The complexion of the handicap chase changed at the penultimate fence when the saddle on Tara Mia slipped, unseating his rider and leaving favourite Global Racing - trained by Gavin Cromwell with new stable jockey Jonathan Moore aboard - to prevail as the locally-trained I'm An Izz Wizz stayed on to finish runner-up.
Cromwell said: "Look, he has been consistent and he was entitled to win some day."