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River calls the tune

Toon River turned the valuable Holden Plant Rentals Shamrock Handicap Chase at Gowran into a procession.

Rory O'Moore opened up a big lead early on, but Davy Russell was alive to the danger and was upsides when the pair jumped the fifth-last fence.

Rory O'Moore stayed with Mary Hallahan's 3-1 favourite for the next two fences, but Toon River then stretched clear and positively bolted up, coming home 13 lengths clear of Treat Yourself, who just pipped Rory O'Moore for second.

That was Toon River's fourth career win, with all four coming at this track.

Hallahan said: "I was a bit worried about the drop in trip, and that it was coming a bit soon after his last run. But that was a very convincing win and I'm thrilled.

"Davy gave him a super ride. He settled well today, and he got a breather into him. If the ground goes he'll go out for some grass. That's my first Graded win and the biggest pot."

Hallahan and Russell completed a double on the day when Malt Gem made virtually all to land the Holden Plant Rentals Beginners Chase.

The 8/1 chance looked to have seen all bar Asitsohappens off at the last, and he kept finding more to score by a length and three-quarters.

Hallahan said: ""He's been a bit disappointing but has always showed potential. He missed one or two but things just seemed to happen right today. It's great to get the win and get his confidence up."


From Belfast Telegraph