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High and mighty: Confidence High ridden by Billy Lee (right) wins the Leopardstown Handicap from Dark Pine

High and mighty: Confidence High ridden by Billy Lee (right) wins the Leopardstown Handicap from Dark Pine

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High and mighty: Confidence High ridden by Billy Lee (right) wins the Leopardstown Handicap from Dark Pine

Confidence High recorded back to back victories at Leopardstown yesterday for Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver.

A winner over the course and distance on Tuesday for the Caledon trainer, the local horse pulled out again quickly as planned by Oliver to score. The winner ran third from the start prior to hitting the front in the straight and holding off the persistent challenge of the runner up Dark Pine - the first pair home a long way in front of the rest of the field.

Confidence High, supported from 9/4 to 11/8 favourite, supplied winning jockey Billy Lee with the second leg of a double having partnered Moll to victory earlier in the afternoon.

Oliver said: "He got a 15lbs rise in rating for winning here on Tuesday so the mathematics said he had to run with the 6lb penalty.

"A lot of times you are forced to do this and it doesn't work out but we knew he was in good form."

Confidence High has another option having already been entered at Gowran Park on Thursday.

Apricot Moon, which Oliver ran in the Irish 1,000gns at The Curragh on Saturday, performed with credit - finishing seventh, just six lengths behind winner Peaceful, trained by Aidan O'Brien who also supplied the third placed So Wonderful, while O'Brien's son Donnacha sent out the runner up Fancy Blue in the fillies classic.

The Irish action continues at Roscommon and Fairyhouse today and all eyes will be on O'Brien's newcomer Giorgio Vasari at the Meath track in the opening maiden.

Air Force Blue sired his first Irish winner with his first runner last week (Chief Little Hawk) and Heffernan's mount should make a similar impression, while Drummer could outrun his odds in the Meath Handicap (4.05) for in-form trainer Denis Hogan.

Belfast Telegraph