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O'Neill tallys 884-1 treble


DANE O'NEILL can count Leicester well to the fore amongst his lucky courses after completing a treble at odds of just over 884-1 on Dustry, Factotum and Shanzu at the East Midlands venue on Tuesday afternoon.

O'Neill last emulated that feat at
Leicester on August 10 when successful on Poster, Singleb and Nezami and said: "That wasn't a bad day's work - this is a lucky place for me and it has proved so again."

Our Day Will Come was sent off a13-8 favourite for the 6f maiden auction event but it was stablemate Dustry under O'Neill who landed the spoils foe the Hannon team.

The 10-1 shot was outpaced in the early stages but stuck on reallywell in the final furlong and got up near the finish to score by a length and a quarter from Hi Shinko.

Richard Hannon jnr, assistant to his father, said: "He only cost 7,000gns and is quite a nice horse. In his first race at Newbury he didn't have a clue and but has improved quite a bit. He is a late maturing horse and I think we will go for a nursery with him next."

Factotum completed the second leg of the treblewhen getting off the mark in the mile and a half maiden. The 5-2 shot led over two furlongs out and was always finding plenty in front to hold off Princess Rainbow by two and a quarter lengths.

Ian Willows, travelling head lad to Luca Cumani, said:"He was not winning out of turn and is still a baby who is still learning."

Shanzu completed the afternoon in good style for O'Neill when holding Totem Flower by a neck in the 1m handicap. The 22-1 shot had made the running until headed two out but was back in front inside the final furlong and held on well.                         
Trainer Henry Candy said: "It was a very gutsy performance as she did a lot in the first two furlongs but Dane was clever and let a couple go by and gave her a breather."

Errigal Lad found favour in the market for the 6f handicap and the support proved well found as he notched his second career success under Neil Callan. The 4-1 favourite had been double those odds in the morning and, after leading two furlongs out, he kept on strongly for Neil Callan to score by a length from Tadalavil.

Callan said: "He has had plenty of chances but is pretty consistent and runs like he would get seven furlongs so this stiff six is ideal."

Nizhoni Dancer found the step up in trip ideal when getting off the mark in the 7f nursery. Aladdin's Lamp was soon bowling along in front under Greg Fairley but Alan Munro was never far away on the 8-1 shot and thrust his mount to the front well inside the final furlong to score by a neck.

Nawamees is a tough nut to crack in claiming company and made it seven wins in his last ten starts in that grade when taking the 1m 2f event under Ryan Moore. The 2-1 shot looked in trouble when No Trident loomed up over two furlongs out but that rival was tending to hang in a little and Moore's sterling efforts won the day as he passed the post a nose to the good.

Star performance
Dane O'Neill who completed a treble at odds of just over 884-1.


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