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Walsh can kick on after Down Royal joy: Meade


Great start: Calicojack and Eoin Walsh (right) beat Indian Admiral in the opener at Down Royal
Great start: Calicojack and Eoin Walsh (right) beat Indian Admiral in the opener at Down Royal

By Ron McKnight

Calicojack, trained by Noel Meade and ridden by Eoin Walsh, survived a stewards' enquiry after a game effort to deny the locally-trained runner-up Indian Admiral by a head in the opener at Down Royal yesterday.

Calicojack, who is owned by the Belfast-based Hunt family, led two out but had to battle as Indian Admiral rallied on the run-in.

Meade said: "That horse has been unlucky, he deserved to win a race. We always thought he wasn't a bad horse but it has taken him a long time to get his head in front.

"Hopefully he will stay in front now. That's Eoin's first winner. He's a nice lad from Cork and he rides very well. Hopefully he can carry on and ride a few more."

Glendars Warrior landed a gamble (14s to 4/1) when claiming the handicap hurdle for trainer Dermot McLoughlin and Kevin Brouder.

The winner led three from home for a very easy success, beating favourite Oromo.

McLoughlin said: "I don't know why but he was disappointing the last two times. I just said to the chap to make more use of him - he just kept going the best and he jumped well and he kept going to the line.

"Yeah, he did scoot home, maybe he enjoyed being ridden like that. There was a bit more room out in front and maybe he enjoyed himself a bit better. It worked out well."

Claiming rider Paddy Vaughan was seen to excellent advantage when supplying another local success on Count Simon.

The Gordon Elliott-trained winner, owned by leading Ulster pair Joe and Pat Sloan, was held up early in the three-mile conditions hurdle but produced on the downhill run to assert and two excellent leaps at the final flights sealed victory.

Elliott said: "It's good that we can see that he can step right up in trip. I'll see whatever race I can find between two and three miles now because he's that type of horse. It's hard to make a big plan for him."

The beginners chase produced a duel. Favourite Cliff House attempted to make all but was joined by Farclas - winner of the Triumph Hurdle last year - who quickly showed his class, going well clear after the last fence to score for Elliott and jockey Andrew Ring.

Elliott said: "He had lost his way on soft ground. He has had a couple of wind operations - we'll have plenty of fun with him over the summer."

Presenting Mahler gave a bold front-running display to land the feature chase, providing rider Kevin Brouder with a double.

The John Ryan-trained mare was always in command in winning her eighth race, while Little Haarth - supported from 25s to 6/1 - had only one behind at the line.

Gillian Ryan, the trainer's daughter, said: "When she gets her chance in front she is super. Kevin did a great job and got into a lovely rhythm jumping. This is one of her best wins."

The hunterchase supplied a shock 20/1 (66/1 morning prices) result when Rewritetherules swept through to lead before the last and win going away in the hands of Tom Hamilton.

Winning trainer Shark Hanlon said: "He's a 17 hands horse. I ran him in a bumper in Gowran and I thought he couldn't get beaten - I ran him the wrong way, I made the running and they all took him on."

The Gavin Cromwell-trained Tritonix, with Conor McNamara aboard, flew home in the last hundred yards to supply another surprise result in the bumper.

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