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Time And Money pays off in big win for local trainer Andy at Down Royal



Success: Jessica Harrington produced a Down Royal winner

Success: Jessica Harrington produced a Down Royal winner

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Success: Jessica Harrington produced a Down Royal winner

Caledon trainer Andy Oliver registered success at his local track at Down Royal on Friday night when Time And Money claimed the apprentice handicap with Ben Coen aboard.

The winner was caught behind a quartet of horses at the elbow but, when pulled wide, ran on gamely to win from the staying on veteran 11 year old Park Row – a length separating the first three home.

Oliver said: “He has been a horse that has been a wee bit frustrating to place more than anything else. After coming back this year we just didn’t get the opportunity. We wanted to step him up in trip and there was just nothing available, so it was a big step up from a mile to a mile and a half but he got it well.”

The apprentice sprint produced a three way photo finish with a head and neck separating the first three home and going changed to good/firm.

Ballyclare apprentice Sam Ewing prevailed on the Hilary McLoughlin trained Chocquinto (16/1), getting a clear run in the centre of the track in the final two furlongs.

The Jessica Harrington trained Forbearance, with stable jockey Shane Foley aboard, recorded a snug success in the featured fillies handicap. The late maturing winner was pulled wide two furlongs from home after which it was a one horse event.

Racing got underway with the two year old maiden and Sea Breezing scoring to deny the very well supported debutante Dream Oasis (10s to 7/2).

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The Ado Mc Guinness trained winner, a £60,000 purchase at the Breeze Up Sales, partnered by Ronan Whelan, got the best of passages in the closing stages to prevail.

The finale produced a major shock when the Michael Halford trained Kalapour defied a two year absence to beat 1/7 favourite Stormy Ireland, providing Whelan with a double.

Colin Keane attempted to make all on the hot favourite. However the winner very easily overhauled the leader in the closing stages to score eased down.

Whelan said: “ He met with a little setback and His Highness, the Aga Khan, has given him all the time that he has needed, They haven’t rushed him and the benefit showed there today. He is a fine stamp of a horse and he has plenty of options.”

The Michael Browne trained Maguire’s Grace (16s to 13/2), with Dylan Brown McGonagle in the saddle, totally routed the field rivals on her handicap debut to win going away in the sprint handicap. The grey filly broke smartly from a poor draw but was always in control.

Browne said: “That’s the first time she got real good ground, she wants good ground. I didn’t think it was a great race but she’ll win again.”

Colin Keane demonstrated why he is champion jockey when scoring on the Noel Meade trained Sheishybrid in the Casino Handicap. The combination travelled ominously well on the downhill run and very quickly asserted with runner up Ratib, carrying top weight, losing nothing in defeat.

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