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Lambe set to hit the Heights yet again

By Jimmy Walker

Trainer Jim Lambe has had three winners in recent days with a double at Sligo on Sunday and another winner at Ballinrobe on Tuesday.

The Armagh man should continue in that vein at Downpatrick tonight when he runs Hawksbury Heights in the Anglo Printers Handicap Hurdle and Supply And Fix in the Frank Magee Memorial Handicap Chase.

“My horses seem to be in good form and I’m delighted with those recent winners especially here as most of my successes have been in England and Scotland,” said Lambe. “It’s always great to get a winner at home and Supply And Fix should run well. He has won a lot of races for me and is in excellent form.

“Hawksbury Heights has also won twice under Denis O’Regan and has a solid chance in the hurdle race. Let’s put it this way, I am more than hopeful,” he added.

Ilikeyou, trained by Mark NcNiff, is going for his third win at Downpatrick in three outings, having scored here at the Ulster National meeting at the beginning of March and again at the March Sunday meeting.

Ilikeyou goes in the Northern Region Mares Hurdle and has to be fancied in view of his recent form with Leo McNiff, brother of the trainer, on board.

Lambe has Quivvy Bridge in contention while Liam Lennon’s Martha Elizabeth deserves respect. Noel Meade generally wins at Downpatrick and Down Royal and he has to have an opportunity with Accord Aris in the opening Sean Graham Maiden Hurdle and Byeforthepresent in the Heart Of Down Maiden.

Ian Ferguson had a winner at Down Royal on Monday and can have another one with Mister Socks in the Frank Fitzimmons Maiden Hunters Chase.

Meanwhile, Tony McCoy was on target at tracks 75 miles apart when he landed a double — on board Nortonthorpe Lad and Skye But N Ben — at Newton Abbot before switching to Wincanton where he won on Barrel Of Fun.

Trainer Mark Tompkins unveiled the horse he believes has the potential to provide him with a second Classic success as Ted Spread battled his way to victory in the MBNA Chester Vase on the Roodee yesterday.

And although trimmed in the ante-post markets to around the 33-1 mark for the Investec Derby, it is the Ladbrokes St Leger which is foremost in Tompkins' mind.

He said: “That was a good experience for him. Longer term we'll go down the St Leger route as he should stay that far.”

TONIGHT’S DOWNPATRICK SELECTIONS: 5.30 Accord Aris 6.00 Ilikeyou 6.30 Hawksbury Heights 7.00 Byeforthepresent 7.35 Supply And Fix 8.05 Mister Socks 8.35 Milano Supremo

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