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Father and son team Keith and Marshall Watson bring down house at Tramore

By Frank Brownlow

Father and son team Keith and Marshall Watson had a tremendous day at Tramore, winning the final race with Tyrone House.

It was a first ever racecourse success for 22-year-old jockey Marshall and a proud moment for Keith, who trains in Killylea, Co Armagh.

Tyrone House - also owned by Keith and 20-1 winner of the Tom Carroll Memorial Handicap Chase at Tramore - was sixth at Down Royal's big Boxing Day meeting.

"Tyrone House needed the run at Down Royal and it was great to win at Tramore. We're particularly pleased for Marshall, getting his first win on the track," said Claire Watson, speaking for the connections.

Roi Du Mee, winner of the 2013 Champion Chase at the Down Royal Festival, won the Tramore feature, the Listed At The Races Chase.

Marito, trained in Crossgar by Colin McBratney, was second.

Roi Du Mee was ridden by Kevin Sexton as Bryan Cooper missed out after aggravating an old wrist injury in a fall at Leopardstown.

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins had a double courtesy of Avant Tout and Sambremont.

Tony Martin and Mark Walsh completed doubles at Fairyhouse when Noble Emperor won the Fairyhouse Supporting Ratoath Beginners Chase.

Noble Emperor won by a 22 lengths from Oscar Fiain.

Martin said: "He showed he's a nice type of horse last year when winning his bumper and hurdle.

"He's still only a baby and that was only his fifth race. We've a lot to learn about him yet. I'd say we'll tread carefully with him for the moment."

Walsh kick-started his double when Missyspet landed the Fairyhouse Members Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Winning trainer Michelle Gannon said: "She's a deadly mare and I'm very lucky to have her. She loves that ground and is a chaser in the making. She's a great jumper."

Martin's double started when Shane Shortall won on Mydor in the Bobbyjo Bistro Handicap Hurdle.

Sir Vinski must go close in the Maiden Hurdle at Ayr today.

Trained in Cumbria by Nicky Richards, things admittedly did not quite go to plan on his hurdling debut at Newcastle in November.

Sent off an odds-on chance on the back of a fine bumper success in March, Sir Vinski looked very naive from pillar to post and was unable to justify his short price.

That said, the six-year-old chestnut was far from disgraced when he claimed third spot behind Kingfisher Creek and Island Confusion.

He also made encouraging gains late on, having perhaps been tapped for toe early doors, to suggest this step up to an extended two and a half miles would be just the ticket.

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