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Scotch Beg delivers the goods for Oliver


By Ron McKnight

Scotch Beg supplied a local success at Downpatrick when making all with Andrew Lynch aboard.

The winner is trained by Andy Oliver who staged a hugely successful open day last weekend. She was challenged in the closing stages by Canny Tom but kept on resolutely.

Andy Oliver said: "She loves it around here, she runs really well. It was her first time in handicap company, although it was a rated hurdle. She got a nice rhythm and stuck at it well."

Slippery Serpent, trained by Tipperary maestro Edward O'Grady, supplied an impressive effort to easily claim the opener. Supported from morning prices 4/1 to 13/8 O'Grady's progressive youngster readily accounted for favourite Hardline when leading at the final flight having tracked the leaders throughout.

Edward O'Grady said: "He (Paul Townend) said it was a messy race, a bit stop and start. Early on he said he was going a bit slow for his jumping. He said that once they speeded up his jumping was dynamite."

Young Jack Kennedy recorded his second winner since returning from injury with an enterprising frontrunning ride on Charms Bracelet in the handicap hurdle.

The winner made all and had a 10-length advantage prior to the last before holding Pinotage trained by Kennedy's boss Gordon Elliott.

Kennedy doubled up when Poormans Hill made a winning debut for Gordon Elliott in the handicap chase.

Kennedy said: "He jumped great and the ground suited. He nearly jumped the last too well! It was an ideal race for him."

Ruby Walsh demonstrated why he is champion jockey when winning on Floromar. The champion improved second two out but challenged wide seeking better ground and headed 1/2 favourite, Up For Discussion after the last to win going away.

Walsh said: "He kept pulling out and pinged the last. He wasn't going well so I was pulling him left and right trying to get him on the bridle. It was no master plan - when you're not going well you need to do something."

Tranquil Magic, trained by leading points handler, Colin Bowe and a course winner, gave a dour performance to land the beginners' chase in the hands of Johnny Slevin.

• Irish jockey Nina Carberry has won on her comeback ride - four months after giving birth.

Amateur rider Carberry (33) was successful aboard Cask Mate, trained by Noel Meade, at Ballinrobe. The 9-4 favourite won the concluding Bumper race by 12 lengths.

Carberry said: "It's great - Noel gave me a nice horse to ride and thank God I steered him in the right direction. I remembered the way to go around."

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