Mt Weather shines during deluge of doubles
REPORT: LAYTOWN, Thursday
THE annual fixture at Laytown strand provided somewelcome relief in the midst of a week plagued by abandonments, although there was little respite from the rain which caused those cancellations.
Declan McDonogh was one of a number of people to enjoy a double on the day and was at hisstrongest to win the opening 50-70 sprint handicap on Mt Weather, forcing him up on the line for a short-head victory over the unlucky Patrickswell.
It was the third win of the year for the son of Namid, and the first time that trainer Dick Donohoe had seen him win in the flesh, as he had been on his honeymoon when this fellow won twice back in early July.
"I think we had the right man on board, I thought he had no chance a hundred yards out," said the winning trainer, adding: "We gave him a break after the last day and freshened him up, he has been ready to run for a while but so many meetings were called off.
"He was dueto run at Listowel next week, we'll go to one of the Dundalk meetings probably if there's a sprint there."
McDonogh completed his double in the claimer courtesy of Grand National-winning trainer Gordon Elliott's Silidan.
Making his debut for Elliott, the five-year-old was in command nearly two furlongs out and beat Rookwith by almost two lengths.
Elliott also completed a double for owner Jim Morrow theamateur riders handicap which was won convincingly by Grand Opera.
The well-backed favourite took command inside the last furlong under Nina Carberry to account for Shaimaa by less than two lengths.
"That was the plan," beamed Elliott, adding: "He was bought for the beach. He had a nice run at Bellewstown last time to put him right.
"I'm delighted for Jim Morrow, he has a lot of nice young point-to-pointers with us and it's a good day for him."
Nina Carberrywent on to be the fourth individual to join the daily doubles club in the concluding conditions race with an enterprising ride aboard the Eddie Lynam-trained Munich.
The jockey kicked clear well over a furlong out and held her advantage to the line beating Romeo's On Fire by over four lengths
The 45-60 rated sprint handicap went the way of Richelieu. A mostly unlucky horse prior to this, the six-year-old was brought with a perfectly-timed challenge by Colm O'Donoghue inside the final furlong leavingr Option Be trailing by a length.
"With this horse, timing is everything. He has to be produced very late and Colm gave him an exceptional ride.
"We said to him to produce him late and that's exactly what he did," said winning trainer James Lambe.
It was very much doubles day with riders, owners and trainers all getting in on the act, but Colm O'Donoghue's winning effort on the somewhat quirky Richelieu was the ride of the day.